Mary Louise Herrick

Died: May 12, 2016
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Mary Louise Herrick, 76, of Johnson City, NY, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born February 4, 1940 to the late Walter Clyde Herrick and Lucy Adrienne McNulty Herrick.  She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Clyde Herrick on April 14, 2016. Mary is survived by her two children:  son, Paul Hutchins and Judy Sears; and daughter, Elizabeth Taggart and her husband Keith, and their two children, Krischiana and Elayshia.  Mary is also survived by her sister, Rose Anne Sanford, her husband Larry and their daughter Lynn Linkowski, her husband Rick and their two children, Laine and Rory. Mary grew up in Litchfield, PA, graduated from Sayre High School, and Mansfield State Teachers College and earned her Master’s degree in Cortland.  Her entire career was spent teaching English, primarily at Whitney Point High School.  She was also an accomplished artist, and left behind many beautiful oil paintings.  She also dabbled in pottery and ceramics.  She loved writing, including poetry, and was an avid book reader.  But the great loves of her life were her children and grandchildren, who, along with all her family and friends, will miss her terribly.

In accordance with Mary’s wishes, there will be no public service. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 59 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 or other charitable organization of your choice.


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Sara O'Malley posted on 5/15/16

Paul and Elizabeth, so sorry to hear about your Mother. My condolences to you and all your family. God Bless


Lois Westgate posted on 5/15/16

I would like to express my sympathy to all of Mary Lou's family, especial to her lovely two granddaughters that were her pride and joy. I met Mary Lou through Lyceum where she taught poetry and writing classes. Some of us asked if she would help us start a writers group.She got some interested people to meet at the Cyber Cafe in March of 2005 and our writers group was born. She then asked if she could be a part of it and we were delighted.We have met in many settings including peoples homes monthly ever since. She was a special person, a writer a painter, a kind critic helping us to get courage to write. She was smart and funny and a good friend. We are so sad to know we will never hear her chuckle (usually at something she had done) again. Miss you forever Mary Lou


Lois Westgate posted on 5/15/16

I would like to express my sympathy to all of Mary Lou's family, but especially to her lovely granddaughters that were the love of her life. I met Mary Lou when she taught poetry and writing classes for Lyceum and a group of us asked if she would help us form a writing group. She held exploratory meetings at the Cyber Cafe in March of 2005. As we formed our group she asked if she could join us and we were delighted to have her. Since then we have met monthly in various settings. We became a therapy group as well and supported each other in happy and sad times. She was our friend and mentor and we will miss her quirky but delightful sense of humor, her little chuckle mostly at herself. There is a large hole in our hearts today and will be in our lives each month when we meet to share our writings without her. Bless You Mary Lou.


Mary Lou Sargent posted on 5/15/16

I am so sorry for your loss of Mary Lou. She very much loved her son, Paul, daughter,Liz, sister, Rose, and her dear grandchildren. She was never so vibrant and happy as when the grandchildren were coming. She loved them so much and was so proud of them. We often went to lunch with them and they are truly special girls. Mary Lou and I often went to Christie's on Sundays, had a game night, and lunch and book-club on Tuesdays. I loved our talks about life, philosophy, and literature. She had such insight and wisdom. Her sense of humor was special. I will miss her greatly.


Diane Durgin posted on 5/16/16

So very sorry to hear of Mary Lou's passing. She was a very special person and loved her granddaughters so much. I always looked forward to seeing her and listening to her stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Diane Durgin (Life Fitness of the Southern Tier)


Donna J. Burr posted on 5/17/16

Mary Lou gave an inspiring writing course at Lyceum, prompting many of us to continue developing our creative writing skills, which resulted in our small group of "Red Jacket Writers", in which she participated for several years. Her delightful presence, and enduring friendship will be sorely missed. Donna J. Burr Goshen, Kentucky