Boyle, Mary Fitzmaurice

March 14, 2006

MARY FITZMAURICE BOYLE, beloved teacher at Glen Burnie High School for 31 years before her retirement in 1975. She passed away on March 12, 2006. She moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in 1999 after residing in Linthicum for fifty-five years. Visitation will be held at the family owned Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave SW (at Crain Hwy) Glen Burnie on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 9 AM at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery in Scranton, PA. Born and reared in Scranton, PA, along with her sister Kathryn who also taught at GBHS, Mary graduated from Marywood University there. Later, she earned her Masters degree after studying at the University of Maryland, Cornell University and Notre Dame of Maryland. Her memberships include the National League of American Pen Women, the Catholic Daughters of America (charter member), the Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association, the National Peace Foundation and the Alumni Association of Marywood University. She was honored with the Gold Key, a prestigious honor awarded by the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association in recognition of her work as creator and advisor of Impressions, the high school's literary magazine. During the 14 years that Mary headed Impressions, it received the Medallist (highest) rating many times from Columbia. She also designed and taught the county's first creative writing class. She organized a club, Partners for Peace, at Glen Burnie High School where numerous fundraisers were held to help students in Brazil. The project was so successful that it led to a second drive and eventually to a student exchange program that benefited pupils in Brazil as well as in Glen Burnie. As a result, Mary attended the first Inter American Conference at the State Department, served on the board of Partners of the Americas and traveled to Brazil to visit the school her students had helped to build. Mary Boyle gave far more than lip service to the notion of helping others. She influenced hundreds of students to lead better lives. She encouraged them to do volunteer work, explore creative writing and to follow government and current events. She was truly a credit to humanity in that she made herself available to her students for both listening and guidance. It has been said that she managed a loving and caring ministry for the numerous students whose live she enriched. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6405 S. Orchard Road; Linthicum, MD 21090. For further information, please visitwww.singletonfuneralhome.com.

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