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Mary Shakespeare Mary Shakespeare Shakespeare, Mary Sage On January 12, 2011, nee Mary Charlotte Sage, died peacefully at home in the care of loving family, and with the help of Hospice of the Good Shepherd. She had been diagnosed with metastatic gastro-esophageal cancer in August of 2009. She was preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth (Betsy) McLean Case and her brother Nathaniel McLean Sage. She is survived by her sister Barbara (Bunty) Marshall of Kennett Square, PA, her sister Anne (Pug) Kemble Saxton of West Sand Lake, New York, and by her devoted friend Albert Leigh of Brookline MA. She was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Bangor, Maine, to Charlotte Victorine (Simonds) Sage and Nathaniel McLean Sage. Following graduation from Concord Academy in 1932 Ms. Shakespeare attended the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA, and then Yale University Art School. Mary Shakespeare, widely known as Polly, had no children of her own but has a flock of nieces and nephews who credit her with enriching their lives with her interest in both art and the natural world. She took her father's advice: "If you don't understand it, draw it. Polly loved and appreciated what her eyes and hands could do. In an ode to her hand she wrote: This is the tool without which I could not think... This tool has helped me explain to me, and then to others, the differences between buteos and falcons... It diagrammed the relationship between apples and bees... In justice it never improved my spelling... but... it enlivens me... It has made me new friends and given me real highs when another problem is solved. I cannot imagine how frustrating and dull my life would be without it. Polly worked as a staff artist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for 25 years, designing educational materials and doing magazine layout. Her Ring-Standard Calendar, for which she started creating designs in 1942, are a best seller at the Mass Audubon Shop, and are sent all over the world. She wanted their sale to help support Mass. Audubon, and they have, and they will continue, as she has handed down the creative job to a younger cousin, Charlotte Greenewalt. Polly was a life long learner, with an unquenchable creative spirit. When increasing blindness made visual arts impossible she learned to use a computer and, with large font, started to write poetry. Polly was ever curious, generous and straight forward. She did not pretty up the facts, and wore no facade. She could be very funny in her honesty. We will miss her sorely. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Brookline, MA, at 11am on Saturday March 5th, followed by a reception at St.Paul's, and a show of her photographs at the home of Albert Leigh. The interment will be private, in Whitingham VT at a later date. No flowers please, but donations to Mass. Audubon Society may be made in her honor. Send to: Mass. Audubon, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773 |

Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2011
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