A swinging bench dedicated to the memory of Marcy Moore now overlooks Hillsborough Bay at Ballast Point Park.
Marcy, 66, who many residents of the neighborhoods south of Gandy Boulevard knew as the “Cussing Lady,” died in April after she was hit by a car on Ulmerton Road in Largo. She was a common sight, walking up and down neighborhood streets, wearing colorful hats and shouting profanities at passing cars.
“My sister was quite an item in the neighborhood,” said Bill Brydon, Marcy's brother. He donated the $1,260 to the city to install the bench.
“I don't know of any better way to do a memorial,” he said.
More than 150 people came to Marcy's funeral service on April 21, her brother said. An article in The Tampa Tribune and on TBO.com about Marcy's life was shared more than 2,000 times.
Ballast Point Park was Marcy's favorite spot, Brydon said. She used to have her coffee and breakfast every morning at the Taste of Boston restaurant. And when they were kids, they used to visit with their grandparents and fish off the Ballast Point pier.
“It's kind of a special place for all of us,” Brydon said.
He chose that spot for her memorial bench not only because Marcy loved the park, but because it has “the most beautiful views in the city.” Marcy's close relatives held another small service for her at the park earlier this week.
“I know for years to come, my sister will be remembered,” Brydon said.
— Elizabeth Behrman