Mary Myrtle Medearis
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mary Myrtle Medearis, 97, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed away peacefully of natural causes early Sunday morning, Sept. 16, 2012, at Wesley Health Care Center.
Mary's father was an Arkansas country doctor during the Depression and her mother was a piano teacher. Surrounded by music all of her early life, she decided to attend The Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she graduated in 1937.
She married Richard F. Reeves and lived first in Somerville, N.J., and then in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
In 1941 she wrote a best-selling novel about her Arkansas days and her parents and family titled ""Big Doc's Girl."" She spent her life teaching piano, eventually moving to Boulder, Colo., and then to Washington, Ark. While there, she helped found the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, serving as its director for a number of years. She also spent several years as a ""writer-in-residence"" at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., before retiring and moving to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1996 to be near family.
Mary was predeceased by her former husband, Richard F. Reeves; her
sister, Melicent Kate Medearis; and her brother, Robert Anderson Medearis.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Louella Medearis Michnewicz of Denver, Colo.; her sons, Richard E. (Dorcas) Reeves of Huntsville, Ala., and Robert Anderson (Barbara) Reeves of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; and daughters, Phoebe Elizabeth Wood of San Antonio, N.M., and Mary Jennifer (Mark) Allen of Kalispell, Mont. Also surviving are seven beloved nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mary will be remembered by her family and all those friends who knew her for her unquenchable positive attitude toward life and her ability to see the good in everything.
At Mary's request, her body is being donated for medical research at Albany Medical Center. A memorial service will be arranged in the near future in her home state of Arkansas.
The family is eternally grateful to all the wonderful caregivers at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs; their warmth and human compassion are unequalled anywhere.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Mary's name to The Wesley Foundation, Wesley Health Care Center, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Please indicate ""Memory of Mary Medearis"" in the memo line.
Published by The Saratogian from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2012.
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As I said in an earlier message, Mary was my friend for a long time and remained so until her death. I am still waiting and hoping for a memorial for her in Arkansas where she gave so much of herself to this, the State of her birth. She was such a vital part of this rural state and offered so much to so many. It is sad to me that she has not been recognized for the value that is rightfully hers. She shoud be in the Arkansas women´s hall of fame. I am not connected with the people who do these kinds of things, but I am going to try to see how it is done. Mary deserves all the honor that can be given to a woman who dedicated so much of herself and her talent to this state.
Brenda Ball Tirrell
September 18, 2021
Mary Medearis was such a dear, classy lady. I have such fond memeories of her all through my life. My mother, Emma Lee Heard Medearis was one of her best friends growing up. I was blessed knowing her in my life. Love you so much Mary. See you soon. :)
Paula Seago
September 13, 2013
Thank you everyone for the kind words to my family on the loss of my Grandma Mary. I know that she would love for all of us to share stories about her. She always told me that stories and music make the world go around. She will always be in my heart.
Mari Grace Reeves
September 23, 2012
Rand and Barb - Losing a parent leaves a hole, but you have so many wonderful and fun memories to fill it with! Mary was certainly a woman way ahead of her time. I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet her. Our time together was brief but memorable.
Nancy Caparulo
September 19, 2012
To Mary's family,
Though I have never met any of you, Mary has spoken of you many times to me. You were very dear to her. I wish I could sit down with all of you and tell you personally how, when and where I met Mary and all the things we shared. She was special to me in so many and varied ways. I was so privileged to have been in Arkansas part of the time she was there. We corresponded throughout my years in Saudi Arabia, and I was so thrilled to visit her on several occasions in Saratoga Springs. To have known her was a joy. She brought to the world what no one else could, and for that I am eternally grateful. To have known her is a blessing to my life.
Brenda Ball Tirrell
Brenda Ball Tirrrell
September 19, 2012
Rand and Barbara, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Mary seemed like a remarkable woman who lived a very full life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kara Morelli
September 19, 2012
Rand & Barb, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May you feel the peace & comfort that only God can give. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Eve & Jack Kenyon
September 18, 2012
Mary: You were my champion on this Earth, and I wouldn't be surprised if up there beyond the Gates you are still working on your writing and offering piano lessons.
Jan Rosenberg
September 18, 2012
Oh, Mary! You made such beautiful memories for me in my life. Your kind words and uplifting spirit carried me through many trials. Loving and missing you!
Susie Seago Garrett
September 18, 2012
My sincere condolences on your great loss. I knew "Aunt" Mary and thought very highly of her. She was a delightful, energetic lady. I know she will be missed immensely.
Rhonda Adams
September 18, 2012
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