REYNOLDS, Mary Bartlett Of Topsham, Maine, died October 18th in Duxbury. She was born October 20, 1930, in Norwood, Massachusetts, the daughter of Sue Bartlett and the Rev. Robert Merrill Bartlett, and spent her childhood years in Longmeadow, Mass. and Lansing, Michigan.|
She attended the Walnut Hill School and was a graduate of Pine Manor Jr. College in Wellesley.
Later she obtained a B.A. degree from Muskingum College and a M.F.A. from Yale University School of Drama. Music and acting were her great loves and she performed with fine choirs, singing groups, and chorales throughout her life. The South Shore's celebrated Broad Cove Chorale was a particular passion and, one of five original members, she sang with it even after she became a Maine resident.
After drama school and while living in New York she toured with the Maurice Evans' production of George Bernard Shaw's "The Apple Cart." She played leading roles in many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, beginning in Cambridge with the Harvard University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, then with a professional company on the road, and at the Lincoln Theatre in Damariscotta, Maine. She also appeared in numerous local television commercials and films. She was fond of Appalachian music and excelled at the autoharp.
Mary traveled widely in Europe and was privileged to perform in concert with the Yale University Alumni Chorus in China, Russia, England, Argentina, Chile and Cuba.
She was an ardent gardener and flower lover. "Mary's garden always seemed to me to be her poem to the world," said one friend, "her way of painting, so to speak." Her zest for life and joy, passion, and beauty were evident in all she did and to all who knew her. She had a profound affection for animals and children who naturally gravitated to her warm and loving spirit.
Mary leaves a sister, Susan Bartlett Weber in Montpelier, Vermont; a brother, Robert Hill Bartlett, his wife Virginia and daughter Alexandra in Plymouth; niece Sarah Garfield and children Alex, Nick, and Elise of Pittsford, New York; nephew Rob Bartlett, his wife Leata and children Kelsey Ruth and Jackson, all of Kyle, Texas; nephew Ben Weber and son Sam of Westford, Vermont. She also leaves two beloved California grandchildren, Romy Fidlon and Kim Wallace, along with Kim's children, Taylor and Spencer Wallace.
Mary's husband, Thomas Hedley Reynolds, died in 2009.
A memorial service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Duxbury is planned for 11:00 a.m. on November 19th, followed immediately by a reception. Sometime this summer there will also be a Maine celebration of Mary's life for friends and neighbors there.
Causes Mary held dear and to which friends might wish to contribute in her memory include the Broad Cove Chorale in Hingham (care of Kathy Reardon, 9 Steamboat Lane), Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, St. John's Episcopal Church in Duxbury, and the Cranberry Hospice in Plymouth.
Arrangements made by the Shepherd Funeral Home, KINGSTON. To offer condolences please visit www.shepherdfuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 26, 2016