Mary B. O'Sullivan, 94: Librarian who enjoyed arts, literature

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PORTLAND — Mary B. O’Sullivan, 94, died Jan. 10.

A woman of great intelligence and sharp wit, she possessed a near encyclopedic knowledge of poetry, music and Latin.

She graduated from the University of Rochester and later earned her master’s degree in library science at Columbia University.

For 50 years she was married to George O’Sullivan until his death in 1993.

A career librarian who worked in both public libraries and in schools, she truly enjoyed all aspects of her vocation.

Her hobbies included shopping, traveling, singing and playing music.

For many years she lived in the metropolitan New York area until she moved to Maine in 2000 to be near family, where she continued to lived independently until she became ill in October 2010.

In addition to her husband George, she was predeceased by her son Michael in 1998.

She is survived by her son Arthur of Santa Cruz, Calif., her daughter Ann O’Sullivan and son-in-law Steve Frost of Scarborough; and three grandsons, Patrick and David O’Sullivan-Frost and Ari O’Sullivan.

Her family would like to acknowledge the residents and staff of The Woods at Canco, Cathy Saucier, and the Friday crew at IHOP, for their warmth and friendship and pumpkin pancakes. Also, thanks are given to the staff of Maine Medical Center and the Zolov Unit at the Barron Center for their thoughtfulness and care in her final weeks.

Per her emphatic instructions, there will be no memorial service.

Arrangements are by Direct Cremation of Maine.

Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074, or to a charity of choice.