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BANGOR and ROCKLAND – Mary Lawry Garrett, 97, died peacefully Wednesday, April 1, 2009, surrounded by her loving family, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 26, 1912, on Vinalhaven, the eldest child of Dr. Oram Robert Sr. and Ida Margaret (Leslie) Lawry. Mary was a graduate of Bridgeton Academy, Sargent College and Boston University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Mary taught at Rockland High School up until her marriage to Rex H. Garrett Sr., of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. They met at a Bowdoin College house party in 1935, and were married in 1941, in Melrose, Mass., a marriage that lasted for 57 years. Mary was a civic leader in the Rockland community. She ser-ved on many boards, including Rubenstein Club, Shakespeare, Zonta and Farnsworth Museum. She also volunteered many hours at Owls Head Transportation Museum, along with volunteering at many other institutions in town. De Royal Oaks, North Cushing, was a special cottage and compound where family members and guests gathered throughout the summer. Mary enjoyed many wonderful family memories of boating to Loud’s Island “Captain Loud” of Friendship, visits to mainland relatives and stories shared of ancestral sea captains whose past she shared with her children. Here, she developed a passion for writing – contributing many editorials and articles to Courier Gazette of political and civic interest. Her extensive writings of genealogy will be passed along to future generations. She was a member of the Universalist church, serving as a church schoolteacher all the years her children were growing up. Her love of music led her to making her contribution as a member of the church choir. She moved to Bangor after the death of Rex Sr. in 1998 and became an active member of All Souls Church’s Women’s Association. Her love of entertaining extended to the many new friends she made in Park East Villa. She enjoyed her final months at Phillips-Strickland House where the staff and residents welcomed her so warmly. She will always be remembered for her kind and generous heart, her welcoming and hospitable ways. Mary was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Lawry Aylward; and her brother, Oram “Buss” Lawry Jr. Surviving are her two children, Rex H. Garrett Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Holden and “Marlo” Mary Louise Garrett Bradford and husband, Ray, of Bangor; and six grandchildren, Spencer P. Garrett and his wife, Carie, Peter R. and Tyler W. Garrett, Ryan L. and Andrew G. Bradford, and Abigail A. Bradford Levy and husband, Gabriel. Also surviving is her dear brother-in-law, Linwood Aylward of Owls Head. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Rex H. Garrett Jr., the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix and the Rev. Renee U. Garrett officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments immediately after the service in the church vestry. Those who wish to remember Mary in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Phillips-Strick-land House, Eastern Maine Healthcare Charities or an organization of their choice. A private burial service will be held after the reception at Roadside Cemetery, Friendship. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Condo-lences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

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