Mary Norton Masland
February 2, 2018

Mary Norton Masland, 94, of Hanover, NH, passed away suddenly on February 2, 2018 in her residence at Kendal at Hanover. While Mary lived most of her life in Hanover, she spent over sixty summers on beautiful Pasquaney Bay on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater, NH.

Mary was born in Hanover to Max Alonzo Norton and Helen Sawyer Norton on August 9, 1923. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1941 and Mount Holyoke College in 1945 with a bachelor degree having majored in Zoology.

Following graduation, Mary worked as a medical secretary in New York City and at Mary Hitchcock Hospital. In 1950, Mary married John Wesley Masland, Jr. at her family home on Choate Road in Hanover. In the following years, Mary raised John’s two children from his previous marriage, Joann Ellis Masland and James Wesley Masland, and sons Thomas Norton Masland and Andrew Tyson Masland.

Mary had a lifelong love of classical music and opera, knitting, and reading. Curious about the world around her, she was an avid and adventurous traveler, visiting all seven continents. In 1967 and 1968, Mary and family lived in New Delhi, India, while her husband John was with the Ford Foundation until his untimely death, following which she returned to Hanover.

Mary gave generously to local and national liberal causes, public radio and television, art, educational and environmental organizations, and local non-profits focused on social issues. She was always ready to open her heart and home to family, friends, and others in need.

In addition to her devotion to family, Mary served several terms on the Boards of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College and Bangor Theological Seminary. She also served on the Board of Overseers of The Hanover Inn. Mary volunteered extensively in the Hanover community. For over twenty-five years, she spent one afternoon a week at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center information desk. She taught skiing in the Ford Sayer Memorial Ski program. She belonged to the local chapter of the P.E.O. In 1937, Mary joined the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College and remained active in the church throughout her life.

Mary was predeceased by her parents Max and Helen Norton, her husband John Wesley Masland, Jr., and her daughter Joann Ellis Masland.

Mary is survived by her sister Ann Merrill of Contoocook, NH; her brother John W. Norton of Bethlehem, PA; her children Thomas Masland and wife Sylvia Bates of Canterbury, NH, Andrew Masland and husband David Mosley of Topsham, ME; and her stepson James Masland and wife Suzanne of Thetford Center, VT. Mary is also survived by grandchildren and great grandchildren Courtney Skerritt, husband Devon, and their children Cullen and Dana of Dallas, TX; Geoffrey Masland, wife Dash, and their children Griffin and Lyle of Yarmouth, ME; Turner Masland and partner Jacob Braverman, of Rohnert Park, CA; John Masland and wife Sara of West Hollywood, CA; and Duncan Masland of Seattle, WA. Mary also enjoyed her many nieces, nephews, and family friends who all knew her as Aunt Mary.

A memorial service will be held later in Hanover on a date to be announced.

Mary’s family extends heartfelt thanks the entire staff at Kendal at Hanover for providing her with a loving and caring home for over eighteen years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kendal at Hanover Cadbury Fund or the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.


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