MARY VIRGINIA MASON THACKARA - SOUTH BURLINGTON / SANIBEL, Fla. - Mary Virginia Mason Thackara, 78, of South Burlington and Mallett's Bay, and Sanibel, Fla., passed away April 29, 2013, in Ft. Myers, Fla., after a brief illness. Born Nov. 24, 1934, to Adelaide M. Mason and Park C. Mason, she grew up in Shrewsbury, N.J., and graduated from The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. She attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. On Dec. 1, 1956, she married and began what would be the happiest 56 years of her life, as a devoted wife and loving mother. She was an active parent at Rumson Country Day School. She ran Country Kitchen for many years at St. George's By-the-River's Canterbury Fair. She was a member of Seabright Beach Club, as well as Rumson Country Club, playing golf for many years there, and remained a non-resident member after moving to Vermont in 1990. She loved to garden, and happily tended her flowers and vegetables daily. It was always a family affair to join her in the kitchen for the constant flow of guests and family to "Camp Ingelside," as her mother and grandmother before her. From 1979, she enjoyed many years at South Seas Plantation, as well as their recent Sanibel home, sharing it with family and friends who visited often. Walking the beach and shelling was a favorite pastime. Each of her five grandchildren brought "Gammy" years of endless joy, laughter and great pride, and a year ago, to her delight, her first greatgrandchild arrived. She leaves the love of her life, and husband, Walter M. "Pat" Thackara; daughter, Pamela T. McCoy of Navesink, N.J.; son, Charles "Chip" H. Thackara and wife, Maribeth, of Colchester; grandchildren, Andrew McCoy and wife, Jillian, of Monmouth Beach, N.J., Brett McCoy and fiancee, Danielle Ribacoff, of Bayside, N.Y., Carter McCoy and fiancee, Julia Diaco, of Rumson, N.J., Emily Louise and Mason James Thackara, of Colchester; and great-grandson, Joel McCoy Diaco, of Rumson, N.J. She also leaves cousin, Richard McKay, of Tampa, Fla. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. George's By-The-River Episcopal Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations to either; St. George's By-The-River Episcopal Church; or Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne. There will also be a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church, to be announced.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 14, 2013