Derry, NH — Marie Louise Walsh was born in Rochester, N.H., on June 5, 1928, to Martin Edward Harrity and Yvonne Lydia Therrien. She joined her beloved husband, John, in heaven on October 11, 2013, with both daughters at her side, after a brief illness at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry. She lived and was raised in Somersworth, N.H. Mary graduated from Keene State Teachers College, where she met the love of her life, John. She began her 40-year teaching career in Belmont, N.H. Mary then moved and taught at Alvirne High School in Hudson, N.H., and finished her career after teaching for 32 years at Hood Jr. High School in Derry.
During her retirement, Mary enjoyed summers at Moody Beach in Wells, Maine. She adored cruises, especially to Hawaiia. Mary spent her winters in California and Florida, and loved Key West. Mary was a gifted painter, and some of her works are proudly displayed in her daughters' homes. She loved her gardens in Maine, listening to the sounds of the ocean, and breathing the fresh sea air. And once the grandchildren appeared, everything else took a back seat. Every holiday was magical and spectacular at Nana's. Whenever they could, John and Mary watched their grandchildren's ball games even the practices. Mary continued to take control of her health challenges by setting personal goals and conquering them. Mary lived a full and independent life and showed great compassion, dignity and grace through her final months. Laughter was her best medicine, and she had her quick wit right up to her last hours.
Mary is survived by her twin daughters, Maureen Ann Walsh of Ashland, N.H., and Susan Eileen Graveline with her husband, Dale Robert Graveline of Harwich, Mass.; three grandsons, Tyler Jonathan Graveline, Matthew Ryan Nassar and Shane Patrick Nassar; her great-grandson, Logan Tyler Graveline; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, John Michael Walsh; beloved granddaughter, Erin Leigh Graveline; and brother, Edward Martin Harrity.