HILLSBORO, NH: Mary Clara Duval, 78, of Venice FL, died June 12, 2022 at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, FL. She resided in an assisted living facility in Venice since September 2020 where her friends and staff said she was always smiling. Mary had planned to return to her family home in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, but health issues prevented her last move.
On Sept. 22, 1943, she was born at the family home, the last child of the late Romeo Onesime and Nina Francis (Saunders) Duval. A member of the National Honor Society and 1961 graduate from Hillsboro-Deering High School, she received a two-year tuition scholarship to Rivier College, Nashua NH, and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics. A brief stint as a programmer lead her back to the classroom as a math teacher in Raymond, NH. Two years later Mary moved to Milwaukee, WI, where her sister, Corinne and her family lived, and spent the next 35 years teaching mathematics to inner-city students. She had to stop teaching due to health problems.
Mary loved to travel and enjoyed taking photos and videos of nature during many trips. including Jamaica, Hawaii, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, NH, Maine, and especially the the beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She was known to never pass up a photo of a lighthouse.
Mary was predeceased by her brother, Frank Duval, and her sisters, Corinne O'Brien and Constance Grimstad. She is survived by her brother, James Duval of Palmetto, FL and her niece, Sandy Grimstad of Hillsboro in addition to many nieces and nephews in NY, MD, OH, WI, VA, IA, and OK.
The family will have a ceremony at St. Charles Cemetery in September.
Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service Hillsboro, NH and Farley Funeral Home, Venice, FL are assisting the family.
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