Mary C. Woody

c. 1877-1966

Mary C. Woody became the first licensed female funeral director in NJ in Newark in 1913. She opened a funeral home that bears her name in Orange, which is open to this day.


Cummings, Charles. “The List of Firsts: African Americans Who Pioneered the Way” Star Ledger. Feb. 12 1998

Our History” Woody Home for Services

“Woody, Mary C.” Star Ledger Nov 2, 1966