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Mary Spaulding Powell of Gloucester died peacefully on Jan. 20, 2016.                                                        

She was born on April 2, 1921, the daughter of Paul W. and Constance Smith Spaulding of Paxton, Mass. Mary was a generous lady and devoted herself to volunteer work in her community.

She was a longtime resident of Gloucester County, where she lived at Warner Hall. Mary had been a very active member of the Jamestown/ Yorktown Foundation. She was also chairman for Gloucester’s participation in the 1981 Bicentennial Celebration. She was a member of the Garden Club of Gloucester for 50 years and a member of Ware Episcopal Church.

Mary attended Abbott Academy, Andover, Mass., Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, N.Y., and the University of Arizona. During WWII, Mary joined the Red Cross, where she went to New Guinea and the Philippines to help in the war effort.

She was predeceased by her parents and only brother, Josiah A. (Si) Spaulding.

She is survived by her two sons, Bolling Raines Powell III and James Spaulding Powell; her sister-in-law, Helen B. Spaulding of Westwood, Mass.; her three nephews, Josiah (Joyce) Spaulding, Boston, Mass., George (Susan) Spaulding, Montpelier, Vermont, Alexander (Jill) Spaulding, Portland, Maine, and many great-nephews and -nieces.

Many thanks to all her wonderful and devoted caregivers at Sanders Assisted Living and Riverside Convalescent Center–Mathews. Mary was truly a special person to many and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service celebrating Mary’s life will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 11 a.m., Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester.

In addition, to honor Mary’s wishes, her ashes will be scattered at a later date in Moore State Park, Enchanta Covered Bridge, Paxton, Mass., which Mary was involved with the dedication to her parents in 1998, as this park was part of the estate of her parents prior to becoming one of Massachusetts largest state parks, as well as a National Historical Landmark.