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| Friends NEWSLETTER | WINTER 2015
Always with a positive attitude, humble and seeing
the good in others, Mary clearly enjoyed the nine
years she volunteered in the Gift Shop. She shared
countless engaging conversations with patrons, and
was excited to show off the latest new merchandise.
Mary always enjoyed volunteering, even before
moving to New London. She also was a reader to
children at the Kearsarge Elementary School at
New London, another activity she relished.
Mary and Harry McGee were married for 60 years.
A native Canadian (who always celebrated Canada’s
Thanksgiving Day here in the States), Mary enjoyed
trips to Toronto to visit their daughter. She also
spoke often of their son, who owns a successful
restaurant in Boston’s North End. Mary left her
family with many loving memories.
Marian Biron was likewise a committed Gift Shop
volunteer. Over 11 years, she saw the Friends
Gift Shop move from one location to another.
Wherever it was located, shoppers were greeted
warmly when Marian was there.
Marian was well known in the community for her
beautiful watercolor landscapes. Her donated
painting,
New Hampshire Birch Trees,
is displayed
in our main lobby, and she also painted the
outstanding backdrop of birch trees for the
Building Towards the Future
wall in our nearby
main hallway. Marian collaborated with NLH
staff to establish our Friends Art Program, which
continues to bring the works of area artists to
NLH for the enjoyment of both patients and
staff. Marian’s community involvement extended
to other organizations, including P.E.O. and
Our Lady of Fatima Women’s Society.
Marian and her husband Jerry Biron, who
predeceased her in 2013, shared 67 wonderful
years of marriage and eight children—a large
and caring family. They lived in many places and
traveled together extensively throughout the
world with a sense of shared adventure.
Count yourself fortunate if you knew one or both
of these wonderful women who generously gave
their time and talents to others for years. They
have touched many lives and are remembered for
their work on behalf of NLH and the community.
A fitting way to honor their memories is to make
a daily effort to treat others kindly… with a smile.
In Memoriam: Mary McGee and Marian Biron
Mary McGee
Marian Biron
NLH and the larger
community are missing two
devoted volunteers, both
of whom passed away late
last year—
Mary McGee
on
October 13 and
Marian Biron
on December 8. Both Mary
and Marian graced our
Friends Gift Shop for years
with their lovely smiles and
caring personalities.