|Published February 3, 2004|
In her memoir Death in Slow Motion, Cooney relays an enormous amount of detail regarding her mother's illness and its affect on Eleanor. Despite Eleanor's best efforts, her mother was lonely, grieving, agitated, clingy, weepy, and complaining.
Interspersed between accounts of Mary's hardships are details about her interesting and sophisticated life during the decades prior.
Mary worked as a writer, editor and for a time a model. She lived in New York City for a time before residing for decades in Washington, Connecticut.