Mary Ann (Huston) Ray died peacefully at South Shore Hospital on March 11. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1927, she was the daughter of Myrtle Baird and Michael V. G. Huston. Mary Ann had three siblings, a sister and two brothers, all now deceased. She lived in Altoona, Evansburg, and New Castle before settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mary Ann received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duquesne University in Mathematics and worked toward a PhD at Cornell University. While at Cornell, she met her husband, Daniel Burrill Ray, and they were married in 1952. The two lived in Ithaca, NY and Princeton, NJ for a time before settling in Hingham, Massachusetts where she lived for the rest of her life. Daniel joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mary Ann became very active in the M.I.T. Women’s League. They had four children: Daniel, of Torrington, CT, Michael, of Jericho, VT, David, of Otis, ME, and Carolyn, of Pittsford, NY.
Mary Ann was an avid sports fan. She especially enjoyed tennis, baseball, golf, and men’s college basketball. She was an excellent cook, gardener, and bridge player. She remained active in her later years and continued working as a kennel attendant at Old Derby Animal Hospital until the last days of her life.
In addition to her children, Mary Ann leaves behind her grandchildren: Jeremy Ray and Kayla Ray, of Winooski, VT, Cordelia Ray, of Ellsworth, ME, Joshua Walsh, of Harrisburg, PA, and Danielle Ray, of New Hartford, CT.
A celebration of Mary Ann’s life will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 2 - 4 pm at Vine Hall at the South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA. Please RSVP to either Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danny email@example.com.
Donations in memory of Mary Ann can be made to Old Derby Charitable Fund, 40 Recreation Park Drive, Hingham, MA 02043.