IN MEMORIAM: Mary Sturges King

by Jane Ahrens

Mary Sturges King passed away peacefully at her home on January 6, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer Disease. Mary was 80 years old and a lifelong New Yorker. She also lived in Millbrook, NY and Fishers Island, NY.

Beloved mother and grandmother, she is survived by four of her six children, 15 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her eldest two daughters, and her own sister whose children she then raised. She was a devoted mother, fun and creative and enjoyed nothing more than having a house brimming with family.

Mary was a passionate horseback rider and lover of animals. She fostered animals for the ASPCA, tended ailing strays, and had a menagerie of permanent pets in her home.

Mary retired in 1999 from a 20-year career teaching kindergarten and first grade in New York, and then in Salisbury, CT. She will be remembered as a loving friend, mother and grandmother.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at Frank E. Campbell “The Funeral Chapel” at 81st Street and Madison Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at 980 Park Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA of New York at or the Alzheimer’s Association at

Published in The New York Times on January 9, 2018

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