Mary Vose Reynolds, 92

Dec 27, 2012

Searsport — Mary Vose Reynolds, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 18, 2012. She was born in Quincy, Mass., on March 2, 1920, to Clyde E. Vose and Alice Genevieve (McTernan) Vose, who predeceased her. She graduated from Cranston High School in Rhode Island. Though she did not attend college, Mary had a keen intellectual interest in a number of subjects, her favorites being history and government. She learned much from the continual desire to read. From biographies of John Adams, to European history to stories of New England history, she was often talking about the many things learned on her own.

Mary traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Mexico and Russia with friends and family whenever she had the opportunity.

Married to George Reynolds, who predeceased her, Mary raised three children in Wrentham, Mass. She worked as a personnel assistant at Crosby Valve and Gauge for many years in the same town. She served on the Wrentham Planning Board for a number of years.

Moving to Rhode Island after her children had grown, she worked as an administrative assistant for the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. She and her partner, John ("Jack") Crotty, made their home in Narragansett. She volunteered at the South County Museum in South Kingston. Upon retirement and Jack’s passing, she moved to Searsport to be closer to family.

In Searsport, Mary worked as a docent at the Penobscot Bay Marine Museum, attended courses at Senior College in Belfast, and joined a book group. She was involved in the Searsport Historical society and enjoyed the activities offered by the Roundabouts.

She was an avid genealogist, and after moving to Maine spent many hours researching ancestors in Camden, Union, Appleton and Warren. She joked that she wanted to be “part of the solution before she became part of the problem.”

Mary was fond of classical music and in particular, the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the symphonies of Beethoven, Handel’s "Messiah," and later composers. She encouraged her grandchildren to pursue the study of musical instruments and attended many of their performances.

Mary was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, and watching the games was a frequent summer pastime.

In her last years, she was cheerful and tried to take her health in stride and with dignity. She befriended her caretakers, who became very fond of her.

Mary is survived and will be missed greatly by her three children, Larry Reynolds of Searsport, Lois Reynolds of Windham, N.H., and David Reynolds of Jackson, Miss.; six grandchildren, Laura, Daniel, and Patrick Finn, Amanda and Emeline Reynolds, and Margaret Reynolds; and a great-grandchild, Aaron Schneider.

A gathering in memory of her life will be held later in the spring. Donations in her memory may be made to Carver Memorial Library in Searsport, the Searsport Historical Society, the Penobscot Marine Museum, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are with Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 31 West Main St., Searsport. (www.mitchelltweedie-young.com).

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