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GLOUCESTER, MA - Mary-Jane (Wagner) Green of Gloucester died on January 3, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert M. Green, her partner in a beautiful odyssey through life.
She leaves behind three daughters, Susan E. Green of New York City, Margi Green and Sarah Green, both of Gloucester.
Mary-Jane was predeceased by her son, Robby, who died in 1972. His death led her to become a pioneer in the hospice care movement. She was a founder of Hospice North Shore in 1978, for which she received a citation from the Massachusetts Senate in 1982.
Born in Belmont, Mass., in 1926, she graduated from Emmanuel College in 1947. She received a Masters in Education from Lesley College in 1978, and subsequently became a psychotherapist.
She was in private practice for many years, using a unique approach integrating astrology with psychotherapy. A woman of high intelligence, she was a religious seeker, travelling twice to India in pursuit of life's meaning. She was a voracious reader, talented seamstress, anti-war activist, and lover of orchids.
There will be a private service at a later date. Gifts in her memory may be made to Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice North Shore). For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on January 8, 2018
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