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Mary S. Dennison

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FRANKFORT, Mich. -- Mary Alice Shreiner Dennison died quietly May 5, 2003 at her home at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. Mary was born in Oberlin, Ohio on Dec. 14, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Frederic Shreiner and Alice Ralston Shreiner.

Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, the Reverend B. Whitman Dennison of Charlottesville. She is also survived by her children; Bryant W. Dennison, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Peter J. Dennison and his wife Pamela of Charlottesville, Timothy C. Dennison and his wife Marcia of Granville, Ohio and Katherine E. Dennison and her husband Stephen Belsky of Groton, Mass; 10 grandchildren, Nathaniel Dennison of Washington D. C., Shannon Rowan of Ojai, Calif., Cooper Dennison of Granville, Mark and Geoffrey Dennison both of Charlottesville, David and Paul Dennison both of Grosse Pointe, Molly, David and Jared Belsky all of Groton; and one brother, Robert E. Shreiner of Oberlin, Ohio.

Mary graduated from Oberlin College with a major in art history. The sensitivities that developed there were always evident in her appreciation of the arts, her delight in the glory of the natural world, and her love of her children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She had an abiding concern about national and international issues. Wherever she and Whit lived, Mary was a leader in the League of Women Voters. In Montana she served as president of the state League of Women Voters. Her love for learning led to her research into Episcopal Church and early American history and her teaching positions at Malone College and the University of Akron. In 1980 she published “Howard MacQueary: Heresy in Ohio” in Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Mary possessed a vibrant soprano voice, a deep spirituality and was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. Mary had a special relationship with the sand, sky and waters of northern Michigan. Contributions in her name can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Congregational Summer Assembly (CSA), 2128 Pilgrim Highway, Frankfort, Michigan, 49635.

A service of Burial with Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Memorial Church on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 3 p.m. Committal will be in Frankfort, Mich. this summer.

Hill and Wood Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 8, 2003
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