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PHILBRICK, Mary A. Age 91, a resident of Rye since 1948, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Mary was born in Boston, MA on December 24, 1928. Mary was one of three daughters born to the late Richard and Mary Ahern. She grew up in Boston, MA and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Mary eventually moved to Rochester, NH and graduated from Spaulding High School. Mary met the love of her life, George O. Philbrick in 1946 when George was on leave from the Navy. The love story continued and George and Mary were married in 1947 and started their life together in Rye. While raising their six children, Mary and George started their first business, Philbrick's Garage in Rye. In 1965, Mary and George then started Philbrick's Sales and Service in Rye and eventually moved the business to North Hampton. Mary extended her community involvement as Treasurer of the North Hampton Business Association, as a member of the Catholic Women's Club and as President of the Rye Junior Women's Club. Mary was devoted to her family; she was a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess. Mary was an inspiration to many and with grace, class and warmth transformed the lives of those she touched. Mary loved Rye and her Cable Road community; her generous, loving spirit helped shape the unique character of the Cable Road neighborhood. Mary enjoyed wintering at Half Moon Bay in Palm Beach County, Florida for the past 30 years where her same generosity nurtured a spirit of inclusive community. Mary loved spending time with family and friends, whether it be on Cable Road or at Half Moon Bay. Mary and George shared 56 years together in a marriage where love prevailed through tragedy and happiness. George O. Philbrick predeceased Mary in 2005. Mary was also predeceased by her daughter Jackie Ann, her son David and her sister, Rita Rogers. Surviving family members include her children, George Rick Philbrick and his wife Susan of Stratham, Susan P. Tiffany and her husband Mark of Amesbury, Kathleen Philbrick of No. Hampton and Daniel J. Philbrick of Rye; daughter-in-law, Susan L. Philbrick of Newington, brother-in-law, Kenneth Philbrick and his wife Sandra of Portsmouth; siblings, Joan Thompson and her husband Edwin of Epping and JP Sanford and his significant other, Christi Heffner of Deerfield; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visiting Hours: 4 - 7 PM on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the Remick-Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at St. Theresa's Church, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach, NH. Due to Covid-19 conditions, the Mass will be livestreamed on the church's website ( All Covid -19 protocol will be observed at both the visiting hours and the service at St. Theresa's. Immediately following the service at St. Theresa's, burial will take place at the Rye Cemetery on Central Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Rye Public Library/Children's Room, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870. Donations will be dedicated to support programming in the Jackie Ann Philbrick Children's Room at the Rye Public Library. Please visit to view Mary's memorial website, sign her tribute wall or for directions.

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December 11, 2020
Dan and family, We just learned of your mother’s passing and are very sorry for your loss. May your happy memories of her bring you comfort.
Bob and Jan Karkos
December 4, 2020
I met Mary and George in th late seventy's. I was always impressed at how kind they were to me and think of them often. I still remembr how beautiful you were Mary and how handsome George was. Until I read this obituary, I had no idea George had passed in 2005.

Thank you for being so nice to me.

Ray Shaw
Ray Shaw
December 3, 2020
Dan, we loved seeing your Mother in front of the cottage on 1A....thank you for giving her and us this memory.
Tom & Anne
Tom Hoeing
December 2, 2020
I send my thoughts& &prayers to Mary and all the members of the family,Susan,Kathy,Rick she was a nice ladyWe grew up with the family my mom used to help taking care of all the childrenWhen I was younger I was down there all the time.we had a lot of funI would be there today if I was feeling better Lanny Ladrie.We will miss your mom.
Alan Ladrie
December 2, 2020
Dan, I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. I know how important she was in your life.
Bill Gilmore
December 1, 2020
Mary was such a dear neighbor.She welcomed my husband and I to Cable Road with her Bluberrybuckle.Always a smile and those twinkling eyes.I would smile just passing by her house.What a privilege to know her. She will be missed .
paula Tarta
December 1, 2020
George (Rick) & Family sorry for your lost may she R.I.P.
sounds like she was a great lady. George
Take Care a friend Russell Meattey
Russell Meattey
November 29, 2020
Mary, you were special to me and my family. I will always appreciate your generosity to us when you knew we needed some time for respite and you offered up your beach house for my family and friends to enjoy. I will always be gracious for everything that you and your children have done for us. You raised a great family and I will treasure these memories always. RIP lovely lady! You and George can now see each other once again. Doreen and Herbie Kent and family.
The Kent Family
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