From 1960 to 1964, Mary studied modern languages at Trinity College in Ireland, where she met and married Laurie Howes. She later wrote about those years as part of a collaborative book written with her peers from the sixties: “Trinity Tales.”
Returning to the United States following a divorce, Mary pursued graduate studies in psychology at New York University, specializing in cognition, and was awarded her doctorate in 1979. Once she had attained her Ph.D., she accepted employment at the Educational Psychology department at SUNY Oneonta, later transferring to the Psychology department, where she remained until her retirement in 2005.
Mary leaves many reminders of her accomplishments and warmth, and she will be missed by her family and friends.
In addition to Bonnie, Nick and Zoe, she leaves behind her Aunt Ada; her cousins, Jennifer and Susan; and her nieces and nephews, Lynn, Shelly, Wooda, Russell and Steven.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on the 8th of June 2013, at the SUNY Oneonta College Camp on Hoffman Road, Oneonta.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to either of the following charities in Memory of Mary: The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, 46610 State Highway 10, P.O. Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753, http://www.heartofthecatskills.org/current/donate_online.htm or MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486,  https://www.mdanderson.org/gifts/faces/make-one-time-donation? or email email@example.com for a prepaid envelope.