Wheel of Life


Mary Helen Rossborough

Mary Helen Rossborough, 93, of Salem, formerly of Marblehead, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on September 21st. Mary was born on April 24, 1928 in Portland, Oregon, daughter of Ernest and Helen McCain. She lived in Portland, St Louis, Freeport NY and Denver while her father worked for the newly formed FBI before settling back in Portland and then on a farm during WWII.

Living in various places was Mary’s real early education — learning to be an “outside observer” of what was going on with people in different places, under different living conditions and in different parts of the country, which brought her empathy and respect for the diversity in which we live.

Her more formal education included Reed College, OR for two years, Roosevelt College, Chicago with a BS in education 1949 and a MS in education at Boston University, 1956 along with membership in Pi Lamba Theta Honor Association for Women in Education. Mary taught for many years in the Waltham school system.

Mary was predeceased by both her husbands, David Moment and Robert (Bob) Rossborough, her sister Doris McCain Loder and her two children Rebecca (Honour) Homans and Peter Moment. She is survived by her granddaughter Jessie Homans Bautsch of Marietta GA and by her nephews and niece, Mark Loder of Portland OR, David, Thomas and Karen Loder of Philadelphia PA.

During her very active life Mary made many friends at the Unitarian Universalist churches she attended, including at the Marblehead church for over 38 years, and at Explorers for Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University for 16 years where she taught and took classes. In both places she advocated for economic justice for everyone. For many years Mary also volunteered as an adult literacy teacher at Operation Bootstrap in Lynn. She was a member and advocate for UU’s for a Just Economic Community, the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee, Democratic Socialists of America, and United for a Fair Economy.

A Celebration of Life for Mary will be held Sunday, October 17th at 1pm at the Memorial Garden of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St.  An informal reception will be held afterwards on the church’s patio. Covid safety protocols will be observed. Everyone is invited.
Eustis Cornell Funeral Home, as a courtesy, is offering parking from 12noon to 4pm in their parking lot at 142 Elm St.  It is a bit of a hike to the church but if you cannot find space on Harris or behind the Gery School, you might want to take advantage of it.

          Because the Memorial Service will be one hour before the Meeting House Series
          presentation on Democracy, there will be computers available in the church to
          view the Series, which starts at 2pm.  This way one can go to the Service and still
          participate in the Series.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead or Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St, Salem MA 01970.