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Mary Louise McHarg
(June 15, 1925 - June 4, 2011)


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Mary Louise McHarg

McHarg, Mary Louise (Earley), 85, of Yarmouthport, MA, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2011. Formerly of Bedford, Auburndale and Dorchester, MA. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Owen McHarg, and children Richard and his wife Kristin of Fairfax Station, VA; son Philip of Newry, ME; daughter Ellen Petros of Winchendon, MA; and daughter Mary and husband Mark Calderan of Mason, NH. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren Molly and Matthew McHarg, Gregory, Jonathan, James and Rebecca Petros and Cristina and Nicholas Calderan. Mary is also survived by sisters Barbara Mason of Osterville, MA and Kathleen Earley of West Yarmouth, MA. She is predeceased by her brothers Charles V. Earley of Wellesley, MA and Robert F. Earley of Burlington, VT.

Mary was born to Kathrynn V. Canniff and Charles A. Earley on June 15, 1925 and spent her early years in Dorchester, MA before moving to Auburndale, MA (Newton) during her teenage years. Following the untimely passing of her mother, Mary assumed responsibility in caring for her four siblings until her father eventually remarried. She attended Girls Latin School and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury, MA. Mary graduated from Emmanuel College in 1946 with a degree in mathematics and also took graduate courses at Northeastern University.

Mary married Owen Stanton McHarg (South Orange, NJ) in 1951. They originally lived in Cambridge, MA before moving to Bedford, MA where they resided for thirty two years. In 1985, they retired to Cape Cod and built a house in Yarmouthport, MA where they have lived since.

Her first job was working as a statistician for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Then, after having four children, Mary began substitute teaching and became a mathematics teacher at Bedford High (MA) where she taught for eighteen years. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Parish in Bedford.

Mary was an avid reader and stayed current with the world around her. She was an advocate of education and encouraged everyone to keep learning. Mary enjoyed playing bridge, sitting on the beach, doing Suduko puzzles and watching Jeopardy. She loved getting together with family. During her life, Mary had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Japan, Ireland, England, France, Jamaica, Haiti and the US Virgin Islands. Mary had a shining personality and all who knew her commented on how lively and vivacious she was. She will be missed but her legacy will live on.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 9 from 4-7 PM at the Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 10 at 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth, MA. Interment will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at 1:15 PM.

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