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Retired Wenham Postmaster Was 'Loved by the Community'

The former co-workers and customers of retired Wenham Postmaster Mary Ring recalled her on Wednesday as a caring, helpful person.

As Wenham postmaster for 10 years, Mary Ring is remembered for her selfless, helpful attitude.

Ring died on Tuesday night, succumbing to cancer after a 2-1/2 year battle.

“She’s going to be missed by almost everyone in this town,” said Carleen Robidoux, the officer-in-charge at the who took over after Ring’s retirement in 2010.

Before becoming postmaster on Nov. 18, 2000, Ring worked as a clerk under Postmaster Don Luxton.

“Mary was indeed a kind and generous person and will be missed by us all,” Luxton said in an e-mail to family and friends on Wednesday.

Ring also worked as a postal carrier in Merrimac and Topsfield before coming to Wenham.

Even after retirement, “she was in and out of here all the time,” Robidoux said while recalling Ring at the Wenham post office on Wednesday.

Chris Mitchell, a clerk at the Wenham post office, said she knew Ring for about 10 years and said she was very helpful when Mitchell was in charge of another nearby post office.

“She was a very good teacher,” Mitchell said. “She was very loved by the community.”

Beyond her cheerful smile and helpful attitude, Ring was also known for her Ipswich Clam Chowder.

Flags in Wenham were lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in Ring’s memory.

On Facebook on Wednesday, Carol Kelly recalled Ring as a “wonderful woman, always with a smile.” Ann Schlecht said she “loved her responses to my kid's Santa letters - they were priceless as was she.”

“Mary's smile welcomed many into the post office,” said Michelle Bailey. “She delighted in having the children in to learn about their community or to get a lollipop.”

And kids were important to Ring.

“She was a great boss,” Robidoux said, adding that Ring was a generous, good person. “And she loved kids.”

Ring was . Originally, her co-workers and others had planned to rent a hall and put on a retirement party.

“She said absolutely not,” Robidoux said.

Instead, they took their annual Customer Appreciation Day and turned it into a celebration of Ring’s 10 years of service as postmaster.

Ring will be remembered through a scholarship in her name that will go to a high school senior in Lynn, her hometown, to a student going in to a “helping profession,” such as nursing or social work.

The scholarship winner will be someone “who most embodies Mary’s passion and commitment in her lifetime of service to others.”

There are preaddressed envelopes at the counter at the Wenham post office to send donations to the scholarship fund, which is being hosted by Eastern Bank, 81 Bridge St. in Beverly or can be sent to Mary Ring Caregiver Scholarship, P.O. Box 375, Wenham, MA 01984.

There will be a “Celebration of Life" for Ring on June 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the on Route 1 Northbound in Danvers.

Cathy (Luxton) Maggard June 07, 2012 at 11:33 AM
"Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts" - P.Y love you Mayr -DD
HOWARD MORONG June 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
true friends are a rarity but anyone who befriended Mary had a TRUE FRIEND. I Loved her and will always remember her as a friend. her passing has left an emptiness in my heart. Howard Morong
Karen Luxton June 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Mary was the very model of a generous soul and a happy spirit. Her courage over the past 2 1/2 years was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be remembered in many hearts for many years. I hope folks will take the opportunity to honor her memory with a gift to the scholarship fund in her name.
Barbara Locke June 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Mary always had a smile on her face, she was always so happy to see you. Her kindness and concern for my daughter, Daisy knew no bounds. She kept a private stash of strawberry lollipops just for her, so Dasiy would never be disappointed. And she never was.
Trudy June 07, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Rest in Peace Mary. You will be missed.

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