February 1, 2016: Mara Lane Cary died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the age of 75, after a seven-year battle with metastasized melanoma and breast cancer.
Born in Poughkeepsie, NY Mara spent her childhood winning horse riding trophies with her three sisters. After graduating from Vassar College she became a professional actress, working at Arena Stage in Washington DC and Hartford Stage Company where she married Richard Montfort Cary as the Beatles White Album played. She moved to Nantucket Island in 1970 to raise a family and published two successful books on basket weaving: “Basic Baskets” and “Useful Baskets.” Mara worked in the Nantucket Public School system for years as a librarian and was also the creative force behind many original school plays and puppet shows.
In her 40s, Mara went back to school earning a Masters in Library Sciences from Simmons College. She then continued her teaching career at Milton Academy where she was the head librarian and ran the theater program. Read her full story.