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Mary M. (Dougherty) Threadgold Obituary
THREADGOLD, Mary M. (Dougherty) Died on January 17, at St Patrick's Nursing home in Framingham, she was 84 year old. Mary Threadgold, born Mary Dougherty, grew up on Madison Avenue in Newtonville. It was a very different planet, shaped by radio, two world wars and the mother of all depressions. She attended Newton High School with her good friend Barbara Williams and vacationed in Vermont with her extended Irish family. Mary loved to dance and even after alzheimer's clouded her memory she could conjure a faint smile for the Totem Pole Ballroom at Norumbega Park. Her cousin Midge Bertrand will tell you Mary could have married this one or that one but she fell in love with a hockey player named Giles Threadgold so that was that. This was decades before Title 9 and she was perfectly happy at home raising five children. When Mary wasn't washing or ironing or cooking or shuttling between dentist and orthodontist and pediatrician she was reading. Like the country, like the world, she would emerge from the 1960s a more thoughtful, determined, independent work-in-progress. Mary opened the Threadgold School and earned an MA at Antioch College in Cambridge. Her brothers Frannie and Billy were both musicians, running with the kind of crowd we associate with Greenwich Village and smoke filled, basement coffee houses. Mary picked their brains, read their books and gradually awakened to a kind of muted feminist zeal. Closing the school that meant so much to her she lived for a time on Cape Cod, eventually settling into a career with the YWCA as an advocate for the poor, dispossessed and disenfranchised. She was happiest at the beach, a window table at the Landfall in Woods Hole, listening to songs from the musical Camelot or sharing tea and a tuna fish sandwich with Patsy Wallace at the kitchen table on Madison Ave. We will miss her. She leaves her children Mary Anne Threadgold of Falmouth, Kevin Threadgold , Maine, Kathleen Threadgold Hulme and her husband Rick Hulme Framingham Ma., Billy Threadgold, Casa Mesa California and Kim Threadgold, Wayland Ma. Her brother William Dougherty and his wife Deborah of Falmouth; and two grandchildren Sawyer and Madison Hulme. She was predeceased by another Brother, Franny Dougherty of Vermont. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Mildred Dougherty of Newton Ma. A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Messiah, 22 Church Street, Woods Hole, Ma on Saturday, January 21 at 11AM, followed by gathering at The Nimrod, 100 Dillingham Ave, Falmouth, Ma.

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 20, 2012
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