Mary Mudge

Mary Ann Cadwell Mudge, age 91, died Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Kendal in Hanover, NH. She lived a full life, blessed with family, friends and adventure. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 24, 1927 to the late Jim and Fern Cadwell and had one older brother, Don Cadwell. She moved early in life to Mora, Minnesota, where her father ran a Coast to Coast Hardware store and her mother was a teacher and gardener.She graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota and taught high school history for two years before moving to Washington, D.C. to work for Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. It was in Washington, D.C. where she met her husband, the late Arthur Warren Mudge. They were married September 6, 1953 in Mora, Minnesota and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, so Arthur could attend Harvard Law School. While in Cambridge, their first daughter, Rebecca Ann Mudge was born. The young family then moved to Canterbury, NH, where they purchased a 1775 former country inn, which they lovingly restored. While in Canterbury, they had three more daughters, Susanna, Sarah Maria, and Kathryn Mary. In 1966, the family moved to Arlington, Virginia where Arthur worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 1969, the family moved to Panama, to be followed by moves to Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In 1979, Mary received her Master’s in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She later worked as the librarian at the Khartoum American School. After retiring from USAID, Mary and Art returned to NH, where they continued to restore old houses. Mary worked as a librarian at the Weathersfield School in Ascutney, Vermont and then with her nephew Randy Mudge at his architecture firm. In 2009 Mary and Art moved into Kendal at Hanover, which they enjoyed until the end of their respective lives. Mary is survived by her four daughters, son in law’s Raul Sanguinetti, Clarke Havener and Arturo Valenzuela, five grandchildren, Mariah, Noah, Ari, Ethan and Addy, sister- and brother-in law Nancy and Hugh Sycamore, and a wonderful extended family. She will always be remembered for her laugh, her love of learning, travel, day lilies, and her strong opinions. A celebration of her life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name can be made to the Circle Camp or Camp Onaway, both in New Hampshire.

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