Marie A. Blessington, educator and hilanthropist, and beoved sister of the late Jean L. Blessington, passed away on November 18, 2013, at age 91, following a brief illness. The eldest of four daughters, Marie was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the late Robert F. and Mary E. Blessington and was raised in Arlington. For many years Marie and her family summered in Plymouth until she, her sister Jean and their parents became year-round residents on Manter's Point in 1956. In 2005, she and Jean moved to Duxbury. Marie graduated from Mount St. Joseph's Academy, received a certificate from the Vesper George School of Art and completed a secretarial program at Bryant and Stratton. She was an executive secretary at Shreve, Crump and Low prior to enrolling at Boston University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1951. She received a master's degree from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1952. Marie served with distinction as Dean of Katharine Gibbs School in Boston where she taught for 19 years. She resigned in 1971 so she could work closer to home to help care for her aging parents. She accepted a position at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston where she taught business classes until her retirement in 1988. Marie devoted her retirement life to fundraising and volunteer work for many non-profit organizations as well as traveling with, and later caring for, her sister Jean. She served on the advisory boards of the Jordan Health Systems and CURA Visiting Nurses Association, and was a life member of the Jordan Hospital Chairman's Club. Marie was an active member and supporter of The Pilgrim Society, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Plymouth Garden Club, Jones River Village Historical Society, The Black and White Club, The College Club and the Eel River Beach Club. Marie and Jean inaugurated 'Chris- tmas on North Street' in 1990 for the Plymouth Antiquarian Society of which Marie was a lifetime member. In 1995, Marie was the recipient of the Athena Award in recognition of her professional excellence, community service and active assistance to help women attain their full leadership potential. In addition to her sister Jean, Marie was pre-deceased by another sister, Irene Blessington Bienvenu (wife of the late Lester J. Bienvenu of Manchester, New Hampshire). Marie leaves a sister Alice Blessington Herlihy (wife of the late James J. Herlihy) of Falmouth, Maine, cousins including Louise Woodruff of Plymouth, and many loving nieces and nephews: Susan Herlihy Flaherty of Cumberland, ME, Elise Herlihy of Los Angeles, CA, Elizabeth Bienvenu of Manchester, NH, Anne Bienvenu Peckett of Easton, NH, Ellen Herlihy of Melbourne, Australia, David Bienvenu of Concord, NH, Mark Herlihy of Southbury, CT, and Stephen Herlihy of Madison, CTt and their families. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth, followed by burial at Chiltonville Cemetery and a gathering for family and friends. Prior to the Mass, a visiting hour will be held at 8:30 am at Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court Street, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Blessington Family Fund at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts to support The Blessington Cardiovascular Lab. For more info and online guest book visit www.cartmellfuneralhome.com
Published by Duxbury Reporter from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28, 2013.