Mary Schwartz Oakley passed away on February 15, 2021 at the age of 88 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
She leaves behind Joseph her beloved husband of 64 years. A proud mother and grandmother, Mary leaves behind her three children; Glenn, Susan, and Daniel, and his wife Eileen; her sister Janet Schwartz; and ten grandchildren.
Mary was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Madge McCord and Charles Schwartz. She spent her youth in Rockford, Illinois, graduating from East Rockford High School. Mary was a Depauw University graduate with a degree in Economics; and was also degreed in Dietetics from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Mary was very active in and around the Worcester and Kennebunkport, Maine communities. She was an active member of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Art Museum, The Junior League of Worcester, and the Worcester Garden Club where she was a dedicated member and served in several leadership positions.
Mary was a registered dietitian in the Worcester Public School System. Later, as a successful business entrepreneur, she owned and operated Sew Special, a needlework store, supporting her lifelong love of needlepoint, sewing, and quilt making. She also worked for many years as a tax specialist in a variety of capacities. Mary always enjoyed a competitive game of cards and bridge with her friends and family.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary's name to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to support the arts, education, and early childhood development, at www.greaterworcester.org.