Mary F. Andrews, 92

Mary Andrews

Mary Andrews

NORWAY— Mary Fisher Andrews, 92, of North Waterford died on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at the Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Norway.

Mrs. Andrews was born on July 18, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Dr. Joseph Herben and Dr. Mary Langmuir Essex. She was raised in Waterford and Princeton, N.J. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College. 

In 1944, she married Richard L. Andrews, an artist, and taught school while he served overseas in the Army Air Corps.

At the end of the war, they moved to New Canaan, Conn., where her husband taught art and they raised their family, spending summers at their home in North Waterford. 

She earned a joint master’s degree in Old Testament Studies from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University. Following work at the New Canaan Congregational Church, she taught elementary grades at Scarborough School and St. Luke’s School in New York, retiring with her husband in 1986 to live full-time in North Waterford. She continued to be active in education, volunteering her time at the Waterford School and as a Literacy Volunteer at Oxford Hills Adult Education. 

She faithfully kept a journal from her youth onward, and wrote poetry and plays.

She was a keen observer of nature; she loved trees and wildflowers, which often became the subject of her poems. She was known throughout her life for her wit, and her gentle, caring manner.

She is survived by two daughters, Judith Green and Sarah Brown; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lysbeth Engle and Judith Fisher.

Mrs. Andrews was predeceased by her husband, and by their son, Joseph C. Andrews.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the North Waterford Church. Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in North Waterford.

Gifts in Mary’s memory may be made to the North Waterford Church, c/o Milly Millett, 346 Bisbeetown Rd., Waterford, ME 04088.

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