Mary Lyman Coit Drury
Bar Harbor - sister, aunt, cousin, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Maer Maer died September 24, 2019, at her home in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was 89.
Mary was a teacher, a pillar of her community, and the heart of her family. Raised in Cambridge, MA, she attended the Buckingham School (now Buckingham Browne & Nichols) and Vassar College, where she graduated with a degree in economics in 1951. For many years she taught students with special needs at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, where she settled with family in 1975.
Mary loved learning, almost as much as Green's Island and chocolate ice cream, and always had a book at hand. She traveled as widely as she read, including expeditions to Europe, China, and Bylot Island in the Arctic Circle. Civically minded, Mary followed politics all her life. She also loved music, especially Bach, and delighted in singing with the Acadia Choral Society and the Bar Harbor
Congregational Church choir.
Mary was married to William Holland Drury, professor at the College of the Atlantic, who passed away in 1992. She also loved and lost her brother, Bobby, and her son, William. Her parents were Robert Sumner Coit and Amy Grannis Coit, both of Cambridge, MA. Maer Maer is dearly missed by her sons, Timothy Coit Drury, Peter Lyman Drury, and John Buchanan Drury; her two sisters; four daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and friends too many to count. A remembrance will be held on October 19, 2019, at 1:00 PM at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mary's name to the Jesup Memorial Library in
Bar Harbor.
Published on October 9, 2019


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Johannah Bernstein
Oct 16, 2019
Mary was a second mother to me. I lived with Mary and Bill in my last year at COA in 1983. It was such an immense privilege to have been considered as on of their adopted daughters. Mary was one of the most truly wonderful human beings I have ever known. Her wisdom and empathy were legendary as was her quick wit. But what melted me every time was that sparkle in her eyes. Mary you made the world a better place. All my love Jojo xxxx
Sarah (Cole) McDaniel
Oct 16, 2019
I'm so sorry to learn of Mary's passing! I loved getting to know her while working at the High Street house in the mid-1990s trying to organize Bill's office and papers and working with her and the group editing his book. We always had tea and great conversations. I particularly remember watching the Boston Marathon with her that year, on her little TV. She brought so much joy into this world with her. Much love to her family at this time, and sorry I cannot attend this weekend.
Oct 12, 2019
Aunt Mary was such a special person for me my husband and my sons. I loved seeing her and my mom banter and laugh., reminiscing about an amazing childhood in Cambridge and of course at the camp. She created a beautiful path to follow in life! Our hearts are with you all! Love Syl