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CONGDON, Mary Faire (Lowrey) MARY FAIRE CONGDON Mary Faire (Lowrey) Congdon, age 74, of Decatur passed away November 13, 2012 of natural causes. She was born in Atmore, Alabama on June 9, 1938 to the late Alfred Pellar Lowrey and Ella Faire Lowrey. She graduated from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama) with a B.A. degree in music. While there, she served as class president and avidly studied music. Following graduation, she completed the requirements for certification as a teacher in Georgia. In 1973, she began working for the DeKalb County School System as their first music therapist at Coralwood Elementary School in the program for special needs, pre-school children. She also often traveled to other facilities throughout the county school district to work with other children. She later earned her Master of Music degree from Georgia State University in 1978. After several years in the classrooms in DeKalb County, she served as a coordinator for the early learning therapy programs until she decided to retire. For many of those same years, she put her musical talents to work as music director at North Decatur United Methodist Church in Decatur. While there, she took special pride in her adult, youth and children choirs, the refurbishment/enhancement of the church organ, and establishing the handbell choir. Included in her years of music ministry was service as the organist at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Mary Faire provided musical instrument and voice lessons for many local children and adults throughout her career. After retirement, she found immense enjoyment in serving as a volunteer piano player at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, GA, and as a continuing education instructor for the Academy for Retired Professionals of the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning. She was known throughout DeKalb County as the musician that could play any tune on any instrument. Mary Faire's enthusiasm for life was reflected in her many humorous stories and adventures from life in small town Alabama, as a camp counselor in Michigan, as an orthopedic therapist in New Jersey and North Carolina, and her many trips to the beach. She is survived by her brother, Alfred Pellar "Pete" Lowrey, Jr and wife, Sue Lowrey; her son, Herbert V. Congdon II and wife, Julie Roy; and her daughter, Blair Lynn (Congdon) Johnson and husband, Tim Johnson. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at North Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the North Decatur United Methodist Church Music Fund, or to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Member and Volunteer Services. A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 16, 2012
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