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Subject: Marguerite Belafonte (ex-wife of Harry Belafonte) died in 1998 at age 74

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Date Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 01:49:07pm
In reply to: jlp 's message, "Oct.12th~Happy 98th Birthday! Ballerina Pauline Clayden, Actress Marguerite Belafonte is 97, Lawyer L. Clifford Davis is 96, Composer Mimis Plessas turns 96." on Sunday, October 11, 09:00:44pm

* Marguerite Belafonte was born as Frances Margurite Byrd on October 12, 1923 in Washington, D.C., daughter of Robert Byrd and Martena Blue. She was married to entertainer Harry Belafonte from 1948-1957.

* She later married Edward Mazique (1911-1987), a Washington D.C., physician and and civil rights leader. Margurite died as "Frances Margurite Mazique" on February 15, 1998 in Washington, D.C. She was 74 years old.


Obituary - The Washington Post:

FRANCES M. MAZIQUE Education Official

Frances Margurite Mazique, 74, a retired federal government education official who received numerous awards for her work and community volunteer efforts, died of a heart ailment Feb. 15 at her home in Washington.

She worked for the government from 1964 until retiring in 1988. Over the years, she had served as fellows program director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, as chief education specialist with Head Start and with Native American programs.

From 1994 to 1996, Mrs. Mazique was an adjunct professor of early childhood education at the University of the District of Columbia.

She had served on the board of the Dr. Edward C. Mazique Parent-Child Center, which was named in honor of her husband, a noted Washington internist and civil rights leader who died in 1987.

Her first marriage, to entertainer Harry Belafonte, ended in divorce.

Mrs. Mazique was a past president of the National Medical Association Auxiliary and had served on the boards of the Morehouse medical school, the Providence Health Foundation, and the Providence Women's Board.

Mrs. Mazique was the recipient of awards from such organizations and individuals as former D.C. Mayor Walter Washington, former HEW Secretary Elliot Richardson, and Catholic University.

She was a 35-year member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington. She also belonged to Links Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Doll League.

Mrs. Mazique was a Washington native and a 1941 graduate of Dunbar High School. She was an early childhood education graduate of Hampton University and received a master's degree in human relations and clinical psychology from New York University. She taught school in New York before returning to Washington in 1964.

Survivors include two daughters by her first marriage, Adrienne Belafonte-Besemeyer of Alderson, W.Va., and Shari Belafonte-Behrens of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; two stepsons; a brother, Charles R. Byrd of Nitro, W.Va.; a sister, Beatrice B. Gilkes of Washington; and two grandchildren.

**** Her obituary can be found at the following link, but her obit is under an obituary for Rachmiel Levine, a diabetes researcher. Margurite's obituary can be located about a quarter of the way down on the page - it might be best to search her name.



Link to Dr. Mazique's obituary:


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Marguerite was the first of Belafonte's three wives...PHOTOS ...Thursday, October 15, 07:48:11am

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