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Mary Sewall

December 14, 2003

Mary Sewall, 95, of Pleasant Street, South Lee, died Sunday at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth.

Born in South Lee on Feb. 12,1908, daughter of Bartholemew and Mary Haig Bossidy, she was educated in the village schoolhouse and graduated from Lee High School in 1925.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from New York University with highest honors and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.

She resided in New York City most of her married life, but came to South Lee for summers and weekends. She and her husband retired here.

She was in the vanguard of women business executives during the 1930s. After receiving her international law degree at New York University, she joined the Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York City, where she became manager of the copy research department, working closely with George Gallup, founder of the Gallup Poll. She left the business world in 1940 and became a homemaker.

She was included in the 1940 edition of "Women of Achievement," published by the House of Field-New York, along with Eleanor Roosevelt, Helena Rubenstein, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins and Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

While in Lee, she was an active member of the Lenox Club, the Mahkeenac Boating Club and the Berkshire Garden Center.

An accomplished horsewoman, she was an avid fisherman and gardener, whose rose gardens were renown in the area during the 1930s and ‘40s.

Her husband, George T. Sewall, whom she married May 4, 1935, died Oct. 19, 1993.

She leaves a son, Tingey H. Sewall of Duxbury and West Stockbridge, and one granddaughter.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Mary Bossidy Sewall will be Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 11 at the KELLY FUNERAL HOME in Lee with the Rev. John J. Tarrant, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Stockbridge, officiating.

Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery in Lee. Visiting hours will be Tuesday from 10 until the time of the funeral. She also leaves her loving granddaughter, Margaret Haig Sewall of Boulder, Colo.


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