CHINA, MAINE – Mary L. Halkyard, 103, died peacefully at home on Friday, November 15, 2013. She was born to the late Walter T. Daub and Alice (Lawrence) Daub on September 25, 1910 in E. Elmhurst, NY. Mary graduated the Madeira School for Girls, McLean, VA in 1929, and the American University, Washington, DC in 1933. She married Neil W. Halkyard in 1936. Mary was a teacher who was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. She taught along side her husband for many years, and, along with her husband, in 1953, founded the Shepherd Knapp School, a private day school in Boylston, MA. After retiring from teaching Mary and Neil purchased a motor home and never stopped exploring both their homeland and the world. When not traveling, Mary volunteered at many local non-profits. Mary made the Fairfield Historical Society a personal project and donated hundreds of hours to ensure the preservation of the history of Fairfield, Maine. She loved Fairfield, and was very proud to be the granddaughter of EJ Lawrence, who gave so much to the town of Fairfield. Mary was a multi-talented artist: a skilled writer, pianist, painter and dancer; an amazing knitter, sewer, cross stitcher, potter and storyteller. She loved gardening, and incorporated into her gardens many aspects of the gardens she had seen in her world travels. As a trained stage actress, Mary loved to direct and act in plays. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Neil Halkyard; son, Neil Halkyard, Jr.; daughters, Heather A. Brown and Hilary K. Halkyard; and sister, Anna Johnson. She is survived by her daughters, Tertia L. Sikora and husband, Larry of China, Maine and Victoria H. Adams and husband, Lawrence of China, Maine; her son-in-law, Timothy O. Brown and wife, Karolyn of Buxton, Maine; daughter-in-law, Anne Halkyard of Orlando, FL; and devoted caregiver, Karolyn Rideout-York. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. At Mary’s request there will be no visitation or funeral. A private graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine at a later date. Those who knew her can remember her in their own hearts and in their own way. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s name to the Fairfield Historical Society, 42 High Street, Fairfield, ME 04937.