By MARIA KANSO, Staff Reporter
Maura Broadus, an administrative assistant in the Counseling and Disability Services office at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, passed away on March 14. She was 40.
Broadus, known for her generosity and selfless actions for others, was loved by students and staff alike. Her memorial was held on Friday, March 25, at the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit.
“I worked with Maura for a short period of time, but it seemed like longer because she was such a great person,” said Judy Walker, the Disability Services coordinator at UM-Dearborn. “She did many great things for people, but she never wanted it accredited for her; her credit was to see someone else being happy.”
Broadus studied CNC Machining at Focus: Hope in Detroit and received her degree from UM-Dearborn while enrolled in a work-studies program. She then worked at the Disability Services office as a proctor for students. As seen by those around her, she went above and beyond her duty by talking to students in need and listening to their concerns.
“When people came up, she was always smiling, regardless of how she felt,” said Debra Hutton, director of Counseling and Support services at UM-Dearborn. “She had the ability to connect with many members across this campus, and I think she will be remembered for that.”
Despite the hardships that dwelled upon her, Broadus continued her education and was the first in her family to receive a bachelor’s degree.
Elnora Ford, a former executive secretary to the Provost Office at UM-Dearborn and Broadus’ cousin, helped her complete her education and believe in her abilities.
“I have never heard any of my friends, any of her coworkers, or anyone at the university say anything negative about my sweet Maura,” Ford said. “She was a quiet spirit, but she was loved.”
Her passion for helping others made Broadus a hard worker in both her academic and work life.
“She knew herself well; she knew what she could do and she knew what she couldn’t do,” said Diane Graves Oliver, a psychology professor at UM-Dearborn. “She wanted to listen and hear and think about what she could possibly be.”
Even during her respiratory illness, Broadus persisted on going to work and dedicate her time for the aid of those in need.
“We would discourage her from coming sometimes because we wanted her to rest, but Maura persevered and continued to come because that’s just the type of person she was,” Walker said.