Marie Mahoney Ringle, 89, died peacefully at Huntersville Oaks rehabilitation facility on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Born in Peabody, Mass., in 1923 to Clarence J. and Catherine M. Mahoney, she moved early in life to Gloversville, N.Y., where she grew up. One of the neighborhood boys was her future husband, the late William M. Ringle Jr., to whom she was married for 63 years. She attended Smith College, majoring in chemistry and graduating in 1944. After working in Louisville, Ky., during WW II, she moved to the West Village of New York City following the war and worked in a chemistry laboratory. She married in 1948 and moved first to Rome, N.Y. and then Rochester and Albany, N.Y. as her husband, a newspaper correspondent, took on new responsibilities. In 1966, they moved briefly to Saratoga, N.Y., and then to McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., where they resided for the next 41 years.
She was briefly an elementary school teacher, but as a lover of books, found her vocation as a children's librarian. She trained as a librarian at the University of Maryland and worked in the Public Library system of Fairfax County, becoming a research librarian and then branch head before retiring in 1988. In 2008, she and her husband relocated to the Pines retirement community in Davidson, where she enjoyed a circle of close friends and the cooking of Chef Pierre. She was a wonderful and adventurous cook, a gracious entertainer and an enthusiastic traveler. She read widely and was fascinated by current affairs, volunteering for the Democratic Party in Fairfax County. Those close to her will treasure her loving warmth, calm patience, wit, and ready laugh.
Surviving are: her son, William M. Ringle of Davidson and daughter-in-law Georgia; daughter, Sarah Ringle and son-in-law, Harvey Berman of Manhattan, New York City; and daughter, Christine Day and son-in-law John Day of Vincennes, Ind.; grandchildren, William Day and wife, Caglayan Day, Ana Burns and husband, Sean Burns, Charlotte Ringle, and Hallie Ringle; and great-grandchildren, Haley Burns, Ryan Burns, and Sina Day. She was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth Lewis; and brother, Carl Mahoney. Younger brother, Patrick J. Mahoney resides in Falmouth, Mass.; and sister-in-law Rosemary Buggeln in Johnstown, N.Y.
The family extends their thanks to the residents and staff of the Pines, and to the staff of Huntersville Oaks, who cared for her during the final weeks of her life. Special thanks are owed to her caregiver, Conseulo Whiskey, for her many kindnesses over the past several years. Contributions may be made to the Residents Fund of the Pines.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Ringle family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.