Mary Ellen Wilcox died Monday, June 9, at her home in Sag Harbor.
She was born on August 7, 1947, to Seeley and Dorothy (Cyr) Wilcox. Her childhood days were spent in Ferrisburg, VT, in the fields and pastures along Little Otter Creek.
She graduated from Vengennes Union High School and Johnson State College, where she was known for her athletic ability. She was one of two women to ever be recognized by the college for female athletic ability.
Later, she earned her master’s degree and professional diploma from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York.
Ms. Wicox moved to Westchester County, New York, in 1969, and began her career in education in the Lakeland School district, which spanned a total of 32 years; 10 years as a 6th grade social studies teacher and the remaining time as a guidance counselor in the middle schools.
She is survived by her life partner of 33 years, Ann Wallingford and her beloved King Charles Spaniel, Tucker. She leaves two brothers, Gary, of Liberty, New York, and Marvin (Marty), of Keene, New Hampshire. There are two nieces and three grandnephews. Of significance to her is her chosen family in Kentucky. Brother-in-law Leroy and his wife Barbara Wallingford of Maysville, Kentucky, nephew Darrin Wallingford and daughters Eve and Andie of Lexington, Kentucky, and niece Lisa and husband David Hamm, and sons Tyler and Austin of Maysville, Kentucky.
Her life was so enriched and blessed with numerous friends. She took great comfort and peace in nature through gardening, quietly observing and bonding with special critters. She frequently said, “Nature centers me.” She also enjoyed cooking, kayaking, biking, watching women’s sports but most importantly being with her friends and family. After moving to Sag Harbor, she became a volunteer at the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, which gave great meaning to her life. She would say, “I came home with so much more than I gave.”
Plans for a memorial service to honor Mary’s life are, at present, incomplete. However, it will be held at the Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, with the pastor, Mark Phillips officiating.
Memorial donations should be given to either the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, 44 Union Street, P.O Box 1241, Sag Harbor, NY 11963, or to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton, NY 11978.