MEYER, Mary S.
Mary S. Meyer, wife of Harry E. Meyer, died peacefully at her home in Farmington on Wednesday, (January 9, 2013) after courageously coping with the debilitating effects of primary lateral sclerosis, a rare neuromuscular disease, for fifteen years. Mary was born March 5, 1937, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the daughter of W. Mead Stillman and Elizabeth M. Stillman. She graduated from Oshkosh High School, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston and then worked as a secretary at Macy's in San Francisco, the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston and LIAMA in Hartford. She married in 1961 and moved with her husband to the Nook Farm area of Hartford. In 1965 they moved to West Hartford and, while raising their two children, Mary was a member of and actively involved in numerous organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Town and County Club, Red Oak Swim and Tennis Club and the local group of Delta Gamma alumnae, her college sorority. She also was a long-time member of the West Hartford Garden Club and the Women of St. James's, for both of which organizations she served a term as president. In 1996 Mary earned a Masters in Liberal Arts degree at Wesleyan University. This re-kindled her interest in and love for wildlife, especially birds. She and her husband enjoyed traveling widely throughout the United States visiting well-known birding sites and meeting fellow birders, but her favorite birding spot always was Hammonasset State Park. Mary also was an enthusiastic tennis player and outdoors person. With her husband she spent many happy hours bird-watching while canoeing the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers, their tributaries and backwaters. Mary had many and varied interests that she enjoyed pursuing, among them reading, especially mysteries, cooking, at which she excelled, needlepointing, drawing and gardening. Mary's legacy to us is the memory of her deep care, concern and love for her family and her many friends, as well as the example of her indomitable spirit in dealing with her physical disabilities.
She is survived by her husband, her children Stephen S. Meyer and Katharine M. Johnson, her grandchildren Amelia and Guthrie Meyer and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, her sister Susan Kane and her brother William Stillman and the members of their families. Mary's family is most appreciative and thankful for the compassionate care and support given Mary and her husband by the entire McLean Hospice team and for the loving companionship and care that Roxanne and Stephanie provided Mary during her final years.
A funeral service will be held at St. James's Episcopal Church on January 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. Contributions in Mary's memory may be made to St. James's Episcopal Church, 19 Walden St., West Hartford, CT 06107, to the Meyer-Kimball Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06106 or to McLean Hospice, 10 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT.