Mary Lynn Alred, 74, Massena
Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:29 pm

Mrs. Mary Lynn Alred, 74, of 117 Beach Street, passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning, June 16, 2010 in the emergency room at Massena Memorial Hospital, where she had been taken after suffering an attack at home.

She was born October 16, 1935 in Massena, the daughter of John Prosper and Mary C. Guyette Prosper Hartman. After the death of her father, she was adopted by Adam Hartman. She graduated from Massena High School in 1953 and the Watertown School of Business in 1955. On September 1, 1957, she married Virgil L. Alred at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Holmes, officiating.

Mary first worked at Agriculture Insurance Company in Watertown, before coming back to Massena. She then went to work at the Boston Store before working at Massena Iron and Metal, where she worked for many years as the office manager, retiring in 1996. She was also well known for and had a great love for baking, having made pies and deserts for Hebert’s Steak Ranch and various other organizations including the Italian American Club, Massena Fire Department, and church bazaars to name a few.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, where she served as the head of the Sunshine Fund. She was the treasurer of the MCS Class of 53 Reunion and once served as a brownie leader. Mary enjoyed quilting and sewing, gardening, antiquing, camping, and going on “fairy tale trips.” She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Mary’s final gift was the gift of sight, as she donated her eyes for someone in need.

Mary is survived by her husband of nearly 53 years, Virgil; five children, David Alred and his wife, Jen of Fox Island, WA, Jennifer Alred Bunnell of Massena, Richard Alred of Massena, Karen Mossow and her husband, Marty of Massena and Jeffrey Alred of Matthews, NC; four grandchildren, Jesse Bunnell, Christian Mossow, Danielle Alred, and Elijah Davis; three sisters, Jean Haverstock and her husband, Laban of Carthage, Martha Perugini and her husband, David of Massena, and Margaret Mauch of Canton; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Friends may call Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-3 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Area 2, Massena.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Massena Rescue Squad or First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

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