Lyme, CT - Mary Saylor Muhlhausen, the daughter of Henry H. Saylor and Helen Miller Saylor was born in East Orange, NJ, on October 3, 1907, and died on May 1, 2010, at the age of 102 at her home in Lyme, where she had lived for the last 25 years.
Mary, a longtime resident of Huntington, NY, graduated from Huntington High School in 1924, and from Vassar College in 1928. After college, she worked for Spur Magazine, Brentanos, and the Junior Literary Guild editing Young Wings magazine. At the age of 94, she completed writing her autobiography "The Memoirs of Mary Saylor Muhlhausen".
She married Robert C. Muhlhausen on May 14, 1937. Mary was an active member of Old First Church in Huntington, NY, for more than sixty years, and did volunteer work with the Service League of Huntington. She was interested in SUBUD USA, and a lifelong member of the Sierra Club. She loved to travel and also adventure. Mary was an avid mountain climber, hiker, and trekker in the Sierra Mountains, Alps, and Himalayas. Always thinking ecumenically, she was interested in all religions and lived a spiritual life.
She was predeceased by her parents Henry H. Saylor and Helen Miller Saylor, and her husband Robert C. Muhlhausen.
She is survived by a son Peter K. Muhlhausen of Johns Island, SC, and a daughter Elizabeth M. Ignasher of Mooresville, NC. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 8 nieces and nephews.
A service in her memory will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday May 8, 2010, in the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.
These charities are suggested for those who wish to donate in Mary's honor: Sierra Club, Hospice & Palliative Care at Middlesex Hospital or the American Cancer Society . To sign the online guest book, visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com
Published in The Day from May 4 to May 5, 2010 www.theday.com