Maureen McGuire Myers was born in San Francisco on January 13, 1941. She was a third-generation Californian. She died in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital on July 12, 2014. She received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1962. After graduation she traveled throughout Central and South America as a performer in a company presenting songs and scenes from American musical comedy. She also traveled widely in Europe. She spoke excellent French. She returned to San Francisco, took a position as administrator of the San Francisco Opera Guild and began professional training in music. She was a lyric soprano. She married Stewart C. Myers in 1966 and moved with him to Boston, where she continued study at the Longy School of Music. She performed extensively in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, in recitals, oratorios, orchestral works and operas, for example as Alice Ford in Verdis Falstaff. She was one of the Cambridge Quartet, which gave more than 50 performances of classical music for four voices, for example the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes. She and her husband moved to Lexington in 1978. They restored and modernized the stone carriage house from the Hayes Estate on Meriam Hill. In the 1990s she was active as a Trustee and advisor at the Carroll School. At the time of her death she was a Director of the Celebrity Series of Boston. Although bred to cosmopolitan life, she was an enthusiastic outdoorswoman, accompanying family and friends on wilderness hiking trips in the Sierra Nevadas and British Columbia; wilderness canoe trips in Maine, Northwest Ontario and Quebec (where she and her husband survived a storm with hurricane-force winds bivouacked on an island in Lac Pipmuacan) and a wilderness horseback trip in the Canadian Rockies. Her favorite place was Egypt Pond in Chesterville and Vienna ME, where she and her husband built Camp Moose Leap in 1994. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Alexander K. Myers of Nashville TN and Bruce B. Myers of Lexington; a sister, Kathryn McGuire of San Francisco, and many nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by family and circles of friends, especially for her talent, wit, beauty and generous good nature. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18 at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington MA. A memorial service for family and a few of her closest friends will be held Saturday. A private internment ceremony will be held in Rensselaerville NY. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc., 20 Park Plaza Suite 1032, Boston MA 02116 (or online at celebrity series.org) or to the Carroll School, 25 Baker Bridge Rd., Lincoln MA 01173 (or online at carrollschool.org).
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Douglass Funeral Home - Lexington
51 Worthen Road
Lexington, MA 02421
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from July 15 to July 22, 2014