- Mary Hyde Ackley, 88, of East Machias, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017, in Machias, Maine.
She was born on April 29, 1929, in Summit, New Jersey, to Reed and Evelyn Hyde. She graduated from Wheelock College and worked as a teacher.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Ackley, Sr. (Jimmy) who is pictured with her here. They enjoyed 41 years of marriage, despite Jimmy's inability to sit still much longer than the length of a Red Sox baseball game. Mary had many hobbies, including gardening, reading, singing, providing Jimmy with a list of home improvement projects, and eating ice cream after as many meals as possible. She also loved dogs and horses.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister. She was also preceded in death by a stepson, Rickey Ackley. Mary is survived by her children, Marcia Ismail and husband, Amr, Marlene Wheaton and husband, Steve, and Marilyn Simons and husband, Dale, and James' children, Charlotte Foy and husband, Mike, Rose Chambers and husband, Jerry, Jasper Ackley and wife, Carol, and James Ackley, Jr. and wife, Alice. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in the spring for family and friends.
Published on  December 26, 2017