Mary Carol Loud, 92

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Mary Carol Loud, 92, died Jan. 31 at South Portland Nursing Home.

She was born June 14, 1920, in Yonkers, N.Y. to Phillip and Ethel Nelson.

She grew up in New York City and Newton, Mass., and was a 1937 graduate of Newton High School and a 1941 graduate of Middlebury College. After college, she taught French, Spanish and English at Ilion High School in upstate New York, returning eventually to Boston and working for several years at John Hancock Co. During that time she met her husband, Will, whom she married in 1949.

When their children were born, Loud stayed home to care for them but continued doing volunteer work, substitute teaching and tutoring in foreign languages. 

She was a member of the Wellesley Village Congregational Church, where she was a deaconess, and the Middlebury Alumni Association, of which she was a president of the Boston chapter. She enjoyed her neighborhood reading group and French classes into her late 80s.

She will be remembered as an intelligent, loving mother, grandma and sister.

In addition to her parents, Loud was predeceased by her husband, Willard H. Loud Jr. in 1996. She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Cary of Scarborough; a daughter, Cynthia L. Rice and her husband John of South Portland; son Philip N. Loud and his wife Jennifer of Northport, Mich.; six grandchildren, Lindsay Rice of Newton, Mass., Abigail Rice of Brighton, Mass., Molly Rice of New Orleans, Jacqueline Rice of South Portland, Christopher Loud of Los Angeles and Nicholas Loud of Los Angeles.

A graveside service will held in the spring at Blue Mountain Cemetery, Ryegate, Vt.

Those wishing to remember Loud may make a donation to the South Ryegate Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 151, South Ryegate, VT 05069.

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