Mary Love Mezzanotte, lawyer

Mary Love Mezzanotte, a registered nurse who later became a lawyer, died Thursdayof liver cancer at her West Friendship home. She was 56.

The daughter of a career naval officer and a homemaker, Mary Love Green was born in the Canal Zone in Panama and because of her father's work, was raised at Navy installations in California, Virginia and Florida.

After graduating from Lorraine High School in Upper Marlboro, she earned her nursing degree in 1978 from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Mezzanotte worked at several leading hospitals during her career, some of which included Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the National Institutes of Health.

After leaving nursing, she earned her law degree from the University of Maryland and worked with the medical malpractice group at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes until launching a solo law practice.

She retired in 2004.

Ms. Mezzanotte had coached Howard County's Cobra lacrosse team to the girls' championship in 2001, family members said.

She also enjoyed entertaining family and friends and decorating her West Friendship home.

Ms. Mezzanotte was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 9175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Surviving are her husband of 24 years, Albert J. Mezzanotte Jr., a lawyer and partner in the Baltimore law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; three daughters, Jill Mezzanotte, a Citibank investment banker, of New York City, Kathleen "Kate" Mezzanotte, a student at Tulane University in New Orleans, and Diana Mezzanotte, a freshman at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.; her parents, Leo "Bud" and Joan Love Green of Ellicott City; two brothers, Thomas Green of Ashburn, Va., and Gerald Green of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Catherine Condron of Woodstock.

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