Rosalie Brown Maury
Published 12:48 pm, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Mrs. Maury and her husband were married for 63 years. They lived at Atria of Darien since 2000, where she was dubbed the "poet laureate."
Mrs. Maury was born Dec. 26, 1916, in Morristown, N.J., to the late Thomas Ellis Brown and Helen Langdon Brown. Her father, an engineer, was co-designer of the elevator in the Eiffel Tower. Her mother was a descendant of John Jacob Astor.
Mrs. Maury, known as "Rolly," was a sixth cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a first cousin of the late Margaret Suckley, with whom the President had a lifelong relationship depicted in the best-selling book "Closest Companion" of 1995, in which Mrs. Maury was quoted. Miss Suckley had lived for several years in the winter home of Mrs. Maury's grandmother on Park Avenue in Manhattan and she and Rolly became close friends.
Mrs. Maury enjoyed telling stories of her childhood visits to Hyde Park and Sunday chauffeured rides with the President. She spent most of her youth in Shippan Point and Manhattan with summers in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She attended the Low Heywood School in Stamford and Miss Hewitt's Classes in New York City. A highlight of her later life was the 60th wedding anniversary party given by her family at the Norwalk Yacht Club in 2000 on the very date she and her husband had married in St. James Episcopal Church in Manhattan.
She served on the Rowayton School PTA for several years. She was also a Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, a longtime choir member at the United Church of Rowayton, a driver for Fish, a member of the Rowayton Gardeners and the Norwalk Yacht Club. She enjoyed bridge, skiing, tennis, paddle tennis and sailing, for which her husband, a native of Bermuda and longtime owner of the Maury & Spence Boat Yard in East Norwalk, was always ready.
Survivors include two sons, John Maury of Point Verde, Fla.;, and Dick Maury of Gillette, Wy.; two daughters; Rosalie Chanler of Rowayton, and Betsy Perry of Southport; two sisters; Margie Barker of Buffalo, N.Y., and Joan Aitken of Madison; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Private interment will take place with family members with a memorial service to be held in May at a date and time to be announced.
Memorials may be made to the United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave, Rowayton, CT 06853.
The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Noroton, is handling arrangements.