Join family and friends for a Celebration of Life in Walt’s honor.
She was a founding member of Starr King and is thought of by many of us as our mother, grandmother, and friend. Wayne King wrote about her in his column in InDepthNH.
This past week, New Hampshire lost two giants: Mary Pillsbury Crowley and Mary Walton Mayshark. Don’t be surprised if you do not recognize their names. These were not people known far and wide throughout the state. That is not why they were giants. They were giants because in our own small world, here where the Pemigewasset and the Asquamchumaukee (aka the Baker) Rivers meet, they were the first names on the lips of people when something needed to be done and done right; when someone needed help; or, when we wanted to make our communities stronger, more resilient and more compassionate. …There is an old Armenian saying: “Many a molehill thinks itself a mountain. But what of the mountain? Mountains are too busy being mountains, doing mountain type things and thinking mountain type thoughts to worry about what it means to be a mountain.” Mary and Bob and Walt never stopped long enough to think about being mountains, they just went about the everyday task of mountain building. That is what makes our communities strong, and why even the everyday folks who surround us can be giants.
Not long before she died peacefully at her daughter Mary’s in Northfield, Mass., with sons Jim and Bill there, Walt said, “I have known and loved hundreds of people in my life and I’d like to take them all home with me. ” She died August 25 at age 99 while in the tender care of her family. She will be sorely missed.