Mary's Story

CAMDEN - After a long and full life, Mary Francis Spangler Eddy, aged 91, died peacefully on March 7, 2016, at the Sussman House in Rockport.

She will be missed by many for the warmth, humor, and love that she shared so openly. Born in Bangor, Mary summered in Winterport where her adventures in sailing began. The youngest of three sisters, (Juliet Miller Spangler Kellogg and Elizabeth Anderson Spangler Evans predeceased her), Mary attended schools in Bangor and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1946, with a B.A. in zoology. During her summers from 1946 to 1949, Mary interned at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor. Her interest in the Jackson Lab continued throughout her life.

In 1948, she married Robert Hale Eddy, whom she had met in third grade. Theirs was a wonderful marriage that lasted sixty years. They moved to New York City where her husband attended medical school at Columbia University and completed an internship at Cooperstown, New York.

In 1957, they moved to Camden where they raised their five children. Mary's interest and involvement in the community that she loved were deep and far reaching. She was a supporter of many civic and cultural institutions, among them the Pen Bay Medical Center, Monday Club, the Farnsworth Museum, the Camden Yacht Club, the Snowbowl, Camden Public Library, the Sussman House and a variety of local environmentally ­oriented organizations.

Mary had many passions, ­­including painting and photography, which she avidly shared with those around her. She had a warmth, sense of humor, intelligence, interest in and caring for people which made people of any age who came into contact with her feel happy, loved and appreciated.

She is survived by five children, Jonathan S. Eddy of Rockport, Christine Eddy Thompson and husband, Jonathan Cohen of Stoneham, MA and Camden, Robert Eddy, Jr. and wife, Patty of Camden, Thomas Eddy of Northport, and William Eddy of Warren. Mary leaves behind eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with whom she shared a deep and caring love.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to Camden Area Youth Sailing Program known as CAYSP (through the Camden Yacht Club), Sussman House, Aldemere Farm or a charity of their choice.

There will be a reception for family and friends at Quarry Hill, March 19 from 2:00 ­ 4:00 p.m. at the Anderson Inn.
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