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Mary Emery

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Peterborough, New Hampshire

Mary Alice Naglie Emery, age 88, of 3 Oak Street passed away on April 8, Easter Sunday, at Langdon Place, Dover, NH, surrounded by family. This day was most fitting because she had been a light and inspiration to all who knew her. For over four years she had been in the loving care of Langdon Place, where, despite advanced Alzheimer's, she was involved in activities to the maximum extent possible, including an excursion to Hampton Beach just a week before she passed away. She particularly brightened when visited by her granddaughter Courtney, 13, who played the piano for her and great granddaughter Ali, 2, who played ball and musical instruments with her, as music was her favorite activity there.

Mary was born January 9, 1924, in Peterborough, the daughter of Harold C. and Helen F. (Barry) Naglie. She grew up during the Depression and worked at the MacDowell Colony Tea Barn during her high school years, where she recalled serving Thornton Wilder. She was a graduate of Peterborough High School, the Class of 1942. There, Mary, the bookworm, met Stanley, the well dressed classmate with the convertible. By graduation they were voted " the most promising couple." After Stan's return from serving in the Signal Corps in WWII, they were wed in May 1946, and married 61 years prior to his death in 2007.

Mary was ahead of her time and a Renaissance woman who could do it all, and do it all well. In high school she was a state champion swimmer (butterfly) and basketball player. She was both a college preparatory and business major. When there was no money for college, she entered Peterborough Savings Bank as a teller and more than 47 years later, retired as Executive Vice President and Treasurer. Upon her retirement PSB placed a retirement notice in the paper describing her as "an officer, gentlewoman and dear friend who has contributed enormously to what we are today and has been such a source of pride." They said, "Pardon us while we publicly indulge in citing her listings in Who's Who of American Women, Notable Americans and International Who's Who in Community Services."

Mary was a founding member of the NH Bank Women's Association and recipient of their NH Bank Woman of the Year award. Throughout her career Mary engaged in training, including a Dartmouth Management Program and training which enabled her to computerize the bank.

As she climbed the corporate ladder, Mary thought of others, not just herself. At one point, as personnel director, she successfully advocated for equal pay for equal work for all the women in the bank. She also served her community by being the first or one of the first women on the Peterborough Planning Board, and the Boards of Directors of the Peterborough Savings Bank, Monadnock Community Hospital and Scott Farrar Home. She was a person to person peace representative to Estonia through the Bridges for Peace Program.

Mary, along with husband Stanley, was a devout member of St. Peter's Parish, where she was a Sunday school teacher and member of the guild when her children were growing up. She was a lifetime, 55 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Cheney-Armstrong Post. She and husband Stan were very generous and kind to family, friends and many charitable causes, particularly those to alleviate human need, historic preservation and local organizations.

Mary traveled quite extensively, including to bank conventions around the country, although Wentworth By The Sea and the Balsams were favorites. She and Stan enjoyed islands-Hawaii, Bermuda, Jamaica and Sanibel Island, FL, where they had a vacation home. Mary traveled to the USSR with daughter Sue and Greece with daughter Karen. She enjoyed a family trip to Costa Rica.

Despite her remarkable public life and travels, Mary was very modest and a loving, loyal and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She kept a beautiful home, which her grandson Trevor described as a sanctuary. She was a skilled seamstress, making prize winning Halloween costumes for her girls. There was always a pet cat in the house and she collected owls. Indeed, family considered her to be a "wise owl." She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Susan M. Emery of Kittery Point and Karen J. Emery of Kittery, Maine; grandson Trevor B. Capon and wife Caroline, and great granddaughter Alicia Emery Capon of York, Maine, and granddaughter Courtney Emery Barsanti of Antrim, NH, nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley, her sister Helen Eschman and her son-in-law Charles Kendrick Capon.

A private family burial was held April 14 at St. Peter's New Cemetery. A memorial Mass/celebration of life will be held at a later date and will be announced at that time. Memorial donations may be made to the Solana Unit of Langdon Place activities program, 60 Middle Road, Dover, NH 03820 or to the charity of one's choice.

Jellison Funeral Home, Peterborough, is assisting the family with arrangements. For an online guestbook, please go to www .jellisonfuneralhome.com.

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