Cecilia J. Savoy, 69, retired housekeeper who was active in church and civic groups here for more than 45 years, died Friday at Providence Hospital. She had a liver ailment.
Mrs. Savoy kept house for the parish priests at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church on Capitol Hill for 25 years before her retirement about a year ago. In recent years she had been working there part-time.
Known as the "mother of the parish," she was a member of the parish council, the Women's Auxiliary No. 64., the St. Cyprian Athletic Association, the Liturgical Committee, the Christ Child Society, the Third Order of St. Francis, the St. Martin DePorres League, the Ladies of Charity, the Legion of Mary and the Altar Society.
She also was active in devotional groups such as the Blue Army, which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and the Cursillo Movement, a group of lay people and clerics. She was a former perfect of the Women's Sodality.
Mrs. Savoy also worked as a volunteer at D.C. Village and with the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, the Capitol Hill Civic Association and the American Cancer Society.
In 1956, she received St. Cyprian's first Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Mother of the Year Award. Her other awards included the Capitol Hill Mother of the Year Award, the Mary A. Atkins Athletic Association Award and the Volunteer Service Award. Her other awards included the Capitol Hill Mother of the Year Award, the Mary A. Atkins Athletic Association Award and the Volunteer Service Award from D.C. Village.
Mrs. Savoy was born in Pomonkey, Md., and grew up there and in Washington. She graduated from old St. Cyprian High School.
Her husband, John B. Savoy Sr., a former Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. employe, died in 1961.
Surviors include four daughters, Joan C. Penn and Carole F. George, both of Washington, Barbara S. Curtis of Camp Springs, and Camilla J. Mitchell of Lanham; four sons, John B. Jr., Raymond A., Phillip J. and Sterling S., all of Washington; a brother, William J. Johnson, and a sister, Mary M. Contee, both of Washington; two other sisters, Winona A. Wesley of Cincinnati, and Bertha F. Key of Indian Head, and 18 grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Cecilia J. Savoy Scholarship Fund at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian School in Washington.