Mary Elizabeth Schenck:
Wife, Mother and Teacher of Life
Mary Elizabeth Schenck, pictured below, approached life with a special love, passion and sense of wonderment. Regardless of age, gender, race or position in life, any person who spent even a few moments with Mary Elizabeth left with a renewed sense of personal inspiration about themselves and their potential.
Preferring to work in disadvantaged neighborhoods, many times she would prepare food or bring bags of clothing in the morning to needy students. Additionally, Mary Elizabeth would regularly spend countless evening hours calling the parents of students who required extra homework instruction or just parental guidance.
For her, breakfast and the morning always heralded the potential of each new day. To all, particularly her children and students, her daily mantra and personal example was that in life each of us are responsible for the success of each day as it is a precious gift not to ever be wasted.
At age 74 in the middle of teaching life’s wonders to a new generation of her 14 grandchildren, she contracted cancer. She died at home and at peace, surrounded by her family. In life she never gave up, never gave in, and was gracious to the end.