Mary's Story

BANGOR - Mary Margaret Bartlett Locke passed away peacefully on October 25, 2015.

Born July 29, 1930, to Frank and Irene Bartlett, Mary grew up on Little Cranberry Island, Maine. After grade school on the island, she attended high school at Saint Joseph's Academy in Portland and then graduated from Saint Joseph's College, West Hartford, CT.

For many years, Little Cranberry Island remained a special place for Mary to spend summers. During college, she would return to the island every summer to work at Harbor Tower. Mary also enjoyed performing with the "Wits and Nitwits," a theater group she started with childhood friends.

In 1956 she married Reginald Locke and they settled in Bangor. Mary and their three children would head to the island for the summer the day school got out and Reginald would join them weekends.

For many years Mary was a primary school teacher in Bangor. In 1983 she began volunteering as an ESL teacher at Husson College. By the time Mary retired in 1995 she was the Director of the college's International Center for Language Studies.

Mary thoroughly enjoyed meeting students from all over the world and learning about their different cultures. She and Reginald also enjoyed traveling, especially to Mexico.

Mary is survived by her three children: Molly Sawyer, Marie and John Locke; grandchildren, Katy and Seth; great-grandchildren, Zackary, Rebecca and Spencer; and her sisters, Catherine Scoville and Frances J. Bartlett.

Special thanks to Dr. David Koffman, his assistant Jennifer and office nurses, St. Joseph's Emergency Department and Hospice nurses, home caregivers Patty and Lynn and neighbor Ben.

The family will have a service in the chapel Mary's father built on Little Cranberry Island next summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Husson University International Initiatives Program, send to Husson University, Office of Advancement, care of David Allman 1 College Circle Bangor, ME 04401, 207-992-1939 or allmand@husson.edu.
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