Mary's Story

MEDFORD - Mary Davis Schlotter passed away peacefully in her home in the arms of her loved ones on September 3, 2014.

Whether you were a friend, a colleague, a child she taught to read, Mary always brought joy into your day. She had an incredible curiosity about life, and a kindness and wisdom that brought out the best of everyone who knew her.

Mary was born October 18, 1938, to the late Thomas and Katherine Davis of Veazie. The third of five children, Mary grew up in the same century old farmhouse her father had been born. Mary graduated from John Bapst High School in 1956, where she made many lifelong friends. At the University of Maine she met John Schlotter, whom she married in 1961.

They moved to the Northeast in 1964, and eventually to Medford Oregon, where for many years Mary taught hundreds of children to read and provided a lasting encouragement that many carry to this day.

Friends remember Mary for her countless acts of kindness, and her warm compassionate intelligence and humor. She always took a selfless interest in others.

Mary was grateful for the extra years she received from her lung transplant. Even in her final days, she maintained her youthful spirit and gratitude for life, and her warm beautiful smile comforted everyone around her.

She leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Jack. , Her daughters, Katherine and Ellen, and two grandchildren,Katy and Julia, of Oregon, her brother, Thomas Davis, of Kenduskeag and sisters Ann Chadbourne, Ellen Birlem and Katherine Wiesendanger.

At Mary's request, no service is planned. She would wish only that you do something kind for someone and that you enjoy the gift of each day.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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