DUXBURY - Mary Helen Morse Martin, 87, a longtime resident and native of Duxbury, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Born in Duxbury on Feb. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Harold C. and Mary Helen (Trank) Morse. Mary was previously married to Elmer C. Martin.
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Mary was a 1945 graduate of Waterbury High School and continued her education at the former Johnson Normal School. As a young woman she worked at the Waterbury Inn, Pilgrim Plywood and then, following her marriage, was happy and busy raising her family and being an Army wife. Mary later was employed as a ward aide at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, retiring in 1989.
Her memberships included St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury. In her leisure time she enjoyed listening to classical music and reading. Mary had a great love for dogs and always had one by her side. She and her brother Leo would often be seen at the ballpark having a picnic or spending time up near Camel's Hump, up at camp, often entertaining family and friends.
Mary also loved going antiquing often with her friends.
Mary is loved and mourned by her daughters Denise Hughlett and her husband, Emmett, of Duxbury, and Regina Bordeaux and her husband, Douglas, of Duxbury; her grandchildren, Andreas Samuel Hughlett, Abbott Martin Hughlett, Shamitra Hughlett Lefebvre, James Douglas Bordeaux, Samuel Dana Bordeaux, Nicholas Charles Ashley and Cheyanne Martin-Evans; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Mary was predeceased by a daughter, Laura J. Isaacs, and two brothers, Leo and Donald Morse.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on June 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. Inurnment will take place in the family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 109 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Published in Times Argus on June 13, 2014