October 22, 2010

Mary Barbara Baxter Crowley Dubrey

ELLENBURG — Mary Barbara Baxter Crowley Dubrey, 84, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, after a brief illness.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1925, in Ellenburg Depot, the youngest daughter of David and Minnie (Chapman) Baxter. Family "legend" has it that one of her brothers earned a new suit of clothes by convincing their mother to name her after the other's girlfriend.

Mary was a bookkeeper for more than 50 years for GLF feed stores, SL Drown and Sons and finally Nephews Garage, where she worked for 25 years. After her retirement, she was the bookkeeper for Windy Acres Senior Housing. She was a member of the Northern Adirondack Central School (NACS) Board of Education for more than 20 years. She was also a member of the Ellenburg Depot Wesleyan Church.

Mary was married in 1949 to Roger Crowley, who predeceased her in 1974. She married Archie Dubrey in 1978; he died in 1993. She was also predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Lyman and Justin Baxter; and her sisters, Thelma Reynolds, Viola Baxter, Norma Wright and Doris Drown.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Trudy and William McNeil; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Marci and Leo (Chum) King; and her great-grandchildren, Ethan and Molly King, all of Ellenburg Depot. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Virginia Wilburn of Sebring, Fla., Yvonne Dubrey of Plattsburgh and Theresa Root of Dannemora; two brothers-in-law, Bernard Crowley of Sebring, Fla., and Raymond Cook of Raleigh, N.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was a supporter of the sports programs at NACS for many years and was an avid basketball fan. Her greatest wish was to be able to watch her own great-grandchildren play sports, which she was able to do over the past few years.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ellenburg Depot Wesleyan Church.

Entombment will follow in Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens, Ellenburg Depot.

Memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund to be established in her name at NACS. Online condolences may be made at

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