Mary Lyman Coit Drury


Mary Lyman Coit Drury — sister, aunt, cousin, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Maer Maer — died Sept. 24, 2019, at her home in Bar Harbor. She was 89.

Mary was a teacher, a pillar of her community and the heart of her family. Raised in Cambridge, Mass., 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, Mass. 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 Oct. 19, 2019, at 1 p.m. 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.

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