OBITUARY

Mary M. Brock

February 2, 1928November 21, 2021

Mary Meigs Brock, 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 21, 2021. The youngest child of Robert Rodgers Meigs and Margaret Houston Meigs, Mary was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she attended Springside School. A graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she met and married the love of her life, John Brock, while they both were teaching at Chestnut Hill Academy. They made their home in Philadelphia, PA, Lakeville, CT, and finally in Sandisfield, MA where they enjoyed their sheep farm. They particularly enjoyed summers spent in Vinalhaven, Maine. They were the parents of Susan B. Saltonstall (Endicott) of Plymouth, Massachusetts; Jennifer Brock of Marysville, Pennsylvania; John M. Brock (Sheila Dugan) of Missoula, Montana; Peter Brock (Janet) of Barrington, Rhode Island; and Stephen C. Brock (fiancé Sheri Romer) of Vinalhaven, Maine. Mary was predeceased by her husband and their daughter, Jane B. Scott, of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Following the death of her husband, Mary lived briefly in Monterey, MA before moving to Maine and settling in Cape Elizabeth. Mary loved children, especially young ones, and she leaves 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mary’s family is grateful for the wonderful care she received at Laurelwood at The Pinehills, Plymouth, Massachusetts in her final years and Beacon Hospice in her final months. Mary’s interests, volunteer work, and donations all centered around her love of Vinalhaven, Maine; animals, especially birds and dogs; conservation, with a focus on land trusts; and equality and peace, particularly the American Friends Service Committee.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Mary’s memory to: John and Mary Brock Memorial Fund, American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA 19102, or the Vinalhaven Land Trust, PO Box 268, Vinalhaven, ME 04863 or Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, 371 Tuttle Rd #2, Cumberland, ME 04021. Arrangements are in the care of Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home. To leave a note of condolence: www.nickersonbourne.com. The service will be private.

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Melissa Saltonstall

December 1, 2021

While we didn't get to spend a lot of time with Mary, but we remember spending time with her many years ago in Maine when we were first engaged and at family celebrations. Loved by her family and passionate about the causes that she championed, she was a strong and independent woman. We are thinking of our beloved (mother/mother-in-law) Susan during this time. Our thoughts are with the whole Brock family who lost someone so dear to them.

Sincerely,
Peter, Melissa, Ryan, Braden and Spencer Saltonstall

George Lewis

November 29, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to all.

May fun and fond Vinalhaven memories.

Cheers!

Bonner McAllester

November 28, 2021

Mary was our friend and neighbor for many years here in Monterey, Massachudetts, where she lived just through the woods from us on Mt. Hunger Road. During those years and when she and John lived in Sandisfield, Mary was also a fellow member of the South Berkshire Friends Meeting in nearby Great Barrington. We went together to anti-war demonstrations in Washington, DC, and organized transportation by bus from the parking lot at the meetinghouse. We also stood every week in a silent vigil for peace in Great Barrington. I will remember her especially for her concern for animals as she carefully live-trapped deermice in the house and removed them all of 100 ft away to a refuge under a turned up stump where she provided food and and old wool socks for warm mouse house-building. She and her dog Pepper walked miles every day in the woods here, and I feel her still when I am out and quiet.

Kathy Beach

November 24, 2021

I had the pleasure of caring for Mary when she lived in Cape Elizabeth. We both attended Quaker Meeting in Portland, so my visits with Mary always involved some talk of Friends' activities, her beloved AFSC, and the many adventures she had on Vinalhaven. Mary loved life, and always had a good bird story to tell. I will miss her.