Mary Ross Raymond


DURHAM, N.C. - Mary Ross Raymond., 87, of The Forest at Duke and formerly of Glen Ridge, N.J., died Tuesday at Duke Medical Center.

Mrs. Raymond and her family had a summer home on Chebeague Island, Maine.

She was born in Onawa, Iowa, a daughter of Ed. C. and Belle Moen, and attended Grinnell College and the art degree in romance languages. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

After a varied career that included teaching in Denver and working in the White House with Dr. Isador Lubin, economic adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she joined the American Red Cross in 1943.

She served for two-and-a-half years in North Africa and Italy as a Red Cross Clubmobile worker, and received the Bronze Star for her service. Her unit was attached to the 5th Army Forward, where she met her future husband, Col. Robert Raymond of the 5th Army Field Artillery. They were married in May 1945 in Florence, Italy.

Mrs. Raymond and her husband resided in New York City until 1954, when they moved to Glen Ridge, N.J. She was active in the Glen Ridge Women's Club, the League of Women Voters, Girl Scouting, and church and civic activities. She volunteered for many years at the Montclair Blood Bank and served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Essex and the Glen Ridge Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She moved to North Carolina in 1995, following the death of her husband in 1990.

She was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Raymond of Berkeley, Calif.; her son, Robert Raymond Jr.; and three grandchildren, Kelsey, Daniela and Ryan Flemming.

A memorial service will be held later. Arrangements are by Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Durham, N.C.


(Copied from the Maine Sunday Telegram, March 29, 1998 )