Mary (Molly) passed away peacefully April 24 after a brief stay in a nursing home. She was born
on June 11, 1928 in Springfield, Massachusetts to the Reverend Daniel & Winifred R. Bliss. She was
brought up in Greenwich, Connecticut where her father was the minister of the Second Congregational
Church. She graduated from the Edgewood School, received a BA degree from Smith College, Class of
1950, and an MN from the Yale School of Nursing. In 1954 Mary went to Istanbul, Turkey for three years
as an associate missionary to teach in the hospital nursing school. A fourth year she went inland to a
boy’s school in Talas-Rayseri, Turkey as the school nurse and also worked in a rural community clinic.
Mary worked at the Newton Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts until she attended Columbia
University Teachers College in New York earning a MA in nursing. This was followed by working at the
Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She went abroad again, this time to Beirut, Lebanon, for three years as
Director of Nursing at the American University of Beirut Hospital. Then for thirteen years she taught
nursing at the University of Maine at Augusta followed by ten years with the Androscoggin Home
Mary retired in 1994 and moved to Bath, Maine where she looked after her father in Damariscotta.
She edited two books that he wrote while he was in his 90s. She was also active in her church programs
and activities. Mary is survived by her two brothers, Howard Bliss and his wife, Nancy of Brunswick
and John Bliss and his wife Caroline of Bath, also Sarah Seamans and Layne Bliss, nieces and Daniel Bliss
and John Bliss, Jr., nephews.
Due to the coronavirus, a service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at a later date at The
Neighborhood, UCC, Bath. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to The Neighborhood, UCC
798 Washington Street, Bath, Maine 04530
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