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Mary Ann Cadwell Mudge


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Hanover, N.H. — Mary Ann Cadwell Mudge, age 91, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Kendal in Hanover. She lived a full life, blessed with family, friends and adventure. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 24, 1927, to the late Jim and Fern Cadwell and had one older brother, Don Cadwell, who inspired her.

She moved early in life with her family to Mora, Minn., 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, Minn. 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 future husband, the late Arthur Warren Mudge. They met at a family friends house and as she fondly recalls, “Art gave me a ride home and he has been doing it ever since.” They were married Sept. 6, 1953, in Mora, Minn. and immediately moved to Cambridge, Mass., so Arthur could attend Harvard Law School. While in Cambridge, their first daughter, Rebecca Ann Mudge was born.

Upon finishing law school, the young family moved to Canterbury, N.H., where they purchased their first home, a 1775 former country inn (13 rooms, 11 fireplaces and 150 acres), which they lovingly restored.

During their eight years in Canterbury, they would have three more daughters, Susanna, Sarah Maria, and Kathryn Mary. In 1966, the family moved to Arlington, Va. after Arthur accepted a job with 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. During a brief stint in the U.S. in 1979, Mary received her Master’s in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

Upon moving to Sudan, she immediately put her degree to use, working as the librarian at the Khartoum American School. After retiring from USAID, Mary and Art returned to N.H., where they restored an old farmhouse in Haverhill and a Cape in Hanover.

Mary worked as a librarian at the Weathersfield School in Ascutney, Vt. and then with her nephew Randy Mudge at his architecture firm. Mary also became active in the five-college book sale. 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; sons-in-law, 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 who loved Aunt Mary.

She will always be remembered for her laugh, her love of learning, travel, and day lilies, and her strong opinions. Her favorite evening out in her later years was sipping a glass of wine and having dinner at Randy and Bridget Mudge’s house.

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 N.H.