AUGUSTA — Mary Stewart Coffin Sturtevant left her body peacefully on Monday, July 10, after several years of struggling with dementia.

Mary was born in Augusta, Maine on June 24, 1937, the daughter of Richard O. and Marion S. Coffin. Mary attended Augusta schools, graduating from Cony High School in 1955. She followed the footsteps of her mother to the University of Maine at Orono where she majored in zoology and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She graduated from the university in 1959 with a B.S. in biology.

Mary is survived by her sister, Carolyn (Coffin) Ladd; brother, Richard S. Coffin and his wife, Joan McGinnes; her son, Benjamin Sturtevant, and his wife, Erin Lloyd, and granddaughter, Clare J. Sturtevant; her daughter, Susannah (Sturtevant) Sanfilippo, and her husband, Francesco; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Tom, in 2012 and by her younger brother, David G. Coffin, in 2009.

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