Mary Wanamaker Watriss



Glyndon, Md.

Mary Wanamaker Watriss, known as Minnie, died on Dec. 18, 2020, in Baltimore, Md. She was 89. Born in Philadelphia to Alexandra Devereux and Rodman Wanamaker II, she was the sister of Lynn W. Rice and Courtlandt D. Gross.

Growing up in Los Angeles, Minnie attended Foxcroft School and Bennett Junior College before moving to Glyndon, Md., in 1952 for her marriage to C.A. Porter Hopkins. They had three daughters, Alix Hopkins of Pownal, Devereux Hopkins of Bar Harbor and Lindsay Hopkins-Weld of Scarborough, and three grandsons, Christopher, Dixon and Amo Weld. She was the widow of H. Robertson Fenwick and James B. Watriss.

Minnie possessed natural talents for landscape and interior design, and as a painter, especially in the last 20 years of her life, creating beauty and color around her. Her shyness belied warmth, kindness, irreverence and a love of laughter — often incited by her and impossible to resist. She valued friends of all ages and perspectives, and always had a dog at her side. She was determined and fearless when need be.

Minnie loved the coast of Maine, particularly Northeast Harbor and Mount Desert Island. Donations in her memory can be made to Maine Coast Heritage Trust (www.mcht.org) in Topsham.

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