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Mary Anne (Bacon) Tuttle

August 14, 1931 ~ October 26, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary

Mary Anne Bacon Tuttle passed away peacefully on October 26, 2021 at the age of 90.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Charles Burton Bacon and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Gardner) Bacon and her husband William Lyman Tuttle of Middletown, CT.  She is survived by her three children (Stephen Bacon Tuttle and his wife Peggy of Missoula, Montana, Susan Elizabeth (Tuttle) Hingley and her husband Dan of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Nancy Atwell Tuttle of McMinnville, Oregon) and 5 siblings (Bill Bacon of Connecticut, Midge Brecher of Vermont, John Bacon of Maine, Jeannette Heinrich of Alaska and David Bacon of North Carolina).   She also enjoyed the company of her 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, as well as many other extended family members.  

Mary Anne grew up in Middletown, Connecticut amongst the families who owned and operated Bacon Brothers in Middletown, Connecticut and Gardner’s Nursery in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. As a young woman, Mary Anne was an accomplished equestrian who showed five-gaited horses for others and competed in saddle seat and hunt seat events.  She was once an equestrian competitor at Madison Square Garden.  Mary Anne attended Duke University before returning to Middletown where she married William L. Tuttle (a member of the family who founded the Tuttle Brick Company) and raised her family.  Her residence on Newfield Street was a large colonial house that had been in her family since the 1700’s.  Many will recall skating on the pond and sledding down the hills on a cold winter night, then coming to the house for a cup of hot chocolate. Mary Anne was a teacher at Spencer Elementary school for many years and ended her career at Lawrence Elementary School. She never lost her insistence for proper grammar, to which her children and grandchildren can attest. Mary Anne spent summers with children, and then grandchildren in Greenville, Maine on Moosehead Lake. She is remembered for rowing the children out into the lake and insisting that they jump out and swim to shore so she could be sure they were safe around the water.  She packed picnics for “Blueberry Island” escapades and tirelessly drove the old wooden Thompson motor boat so anyone could “go for a ski” whenever the water was flat.  Mary Anne demonstrated a fierce commitment to her family and for that she is beyond compare.  She attended almost every sporting event in which her children competed.  Over the years, she hosted dinners and overnight lodging for entire rowing teams.   Mary Anne spent countless hours helping with the care of, and keeping company with her father’s cousin Grace Bacon, her mother Betty Bacon and her husband William Tuttle as they aged.  She enjoyed water skiing, sledding, sewing, knitting, and watching swim meets, football games, rowing events and UConn Huskies women’s basketball games. After her husband passed away, Mary Anne moved to Exton, Pennsylvania where she was able to spend time near family members for the final years of her remarkable life.  

Burial services and a celebration of life will be held in Middletown, Connecticut at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in remembrance of Mary Anne Bacon Tuttle to the charity of the donor’s choice. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

 

 

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