CAMDEN — Mary Elizabeth Thomson Libbey died peacefully, surrounded by family, July 7, 2022, in Mystic, Conn., two months after celebrating her 99th birthday.

Born in Morgantown, W.Va., May 20, 1923, Mary was one of twin girls born to Anne Cookman Thomson and Earl J Thomson.

Mary is survived by her sister, Carol Thomson Meyer of Aurora, Colo.; her four daughters, Anne Libbey Kratz of Exeter, N.H., Mary Libbey Katz (Gil Katz) of Guilford, Vt., Barbara Swec (Len Swec) of New London, Conn., and Bonny Libbey Johnson (Dwight Johnson) of Londonderry, Vt.; 10 grandchildren and their partners; 12 great-grandchildren; and countless nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

Mary spent a happy childhood in Annapolis, Md.. At 15, she met her future husband, L. Blaine Libbey (Blaine) of Milford, Mass. — a dashing midshipman — at a Naval Academy hop, when he signed her dance card and launched a four-year courtship. After marrying in 1942, she and Blaine embarked on a life together in over 35 homes along the east and west U.S. coasts, necessitating four challenging cross-country car trips.

Mary was a “Navy wife” for 20 years; an important job in its own right — her consummate grace contributing significantly to Blaine’s career as a Navy pilot. With four little girls, she recreated a cozy home at every move. Mary and Blaine loved Navy life and their Navy friends, long remembered for their support for each other in good times and bad.

Mary became a minister’s wife at 47, when Blaine retired from the Navy and became a Presbyterian minister — another challenging job. His four congregations in New York and Connecticut over 20 years loved Mary. During this time, she also held administrative positions at local schools.

The heart and soul of her family, Mary enveloped everyone in her warmth, humor, and sharp wit. Whether visiting with her daughters’ friends and church members on the porch of the stone house in Hartsdale, N.Y., or hosting Thanksgiving dinners at the farmhouse in Lincolnville, she was a calm, loving presence that made everyone feel “seen.”

She was down to earth, generous to a fault, always lovely and gracious, and kept an open door to anyone in need of love and support. Their retirement life in Maine gave them two fun decades together, sailing, lobster dinners, vacations abroad, and frequent gatherings of her ever-growing clan. For the first time since they were teens, she and her twin lived in the same town.

Following Blaine’s death, Mary continued to live in Camden, and devoted time to her church, community, and volunteer organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Monday Club, and domestic abuse shelters. She adored gardening, played a raucous bridge game, a ruthless croquet game, and “Scrabble” or “Upwords” at the drop of a hat.

As loved ones of every generation noted, she was “always present,” “the quintessential mom,” and “full of heart.”

Predeceased by her beloved husband of 56 years, and her cherished twin sister, Barbara Thomson Lamb, and brother, Earl J. Thomson Jr,, Mary is now undoubtedly hostess for a great party as they are finally reunited. She had a wonderful life. We are forever blessed to have known and loved her.

A small celebration of Mary’s life will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis, Md., this fall, where her ashes will be interred with Blaine’s. Donations may be made to Memorial Fund/Mary Libbey, First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St, Camden, Maine, 04843.