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Mary Elizabeth Wilcox Albro

Obituary Condolences

MARY ELIZABETH WILCOX ALBRO
ITHACA - Mary Elizabeth Wilcox Albro died on December 6, 2008 at Clare Bridge Cottage Brookdale, Ithaca, New York. She was born June 30, 1915, the daughter of the late Lynn and Lena Bettis Wilcox in Buffalo, New York. She attended Oberlin College for one year and graduated from the University of Buffalo. She married John Nelson (Johnny to one and all) Albro in 1937.
Her brothers, William Wilcox and Edward Wilcox; and her husband, Lt. Col. John Albro predeceased her. Her daughter, Katherine Albro Houpt of Ithaca; and her grandsons, Thomas of Tallahassee, FL, and Charles of Newton, MA survive her.
There were three primary interests in her life, cats, roses and traveling. She had a pet cat or as many as three most of her life. The most beloved was Gregory, an orange male who moved with her through 3 different homes and who sat up and begged like a dog. She was an accomplished rosarian and her garden at Alanton, VA was a showplace.
Her travels began when Johnny became a career Army officer and was stationed in Tokyo and later in Heidelberg and Frankfurt, Germany. Following his retirement, they traveled extensively - twice around the world - and made many other trips to east Africa, England, Indonesia, etc. In her eighties she traveled to Morocco and Turkey.
Johnny's last post was Fort Story in Virginia Beach, a place they liked so well that they retired there, built their pink and white dream house and sailed the Chesapeake in their little yacht, the Fadaway. After Johnny's death, Mary moved to a lovely eighth floor apartment in Westminster Canterbury, leaving for New York only when forced from that apartment.
Contributions in her memory can be made to Clare Bridge Cottage or to the Tompkins County SPCA. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec. 8, 2008
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