Mary Louise Dodge lived three houses down from us. I knew her for nearly 30 years as a kindly lady with a great sense of duty and loyalty. She was born in the house that she died in earlier in 2008. An only child, her father Merton Edwards was a fisherman and farmer. He was also a Town Board member for many years and a Justice of the Peace. When she went to the Springs School across the street the entire elementary school had just two teachers. Her mother Betsy Parsons Edwards played the pump organ at the Springs Church. She went to college at 16, the first person in her family to do so. Her husband-to-be, Cleon Dodge, was a camp counselor at Fireplace Lodge when the two met buying milk at Talmage Farm. Her husband died at 44 after her two boys were born and she raised them by herself. She worked part-time for Alfred Scheffler, the architecty, for 25 years. She was active in many local clubs, notably the Springs Improvement Society , the DAR, AAUW and a literary society (the Ramblers). She was the first president of the Springs Historical Society. At the Springs Church she was a Deacon and Elder and a member of Circle One. Her two sons Carter and Cleon survive her as do her four grandchildren - grandsons Michael, Nathan and Jonathan, and granddaughter Caroline.
Carter and Cleon, her sons. Carter is an MD and Cleon is a PE.