Mary Barnett grew up in Baltimore’s Shrine of the Little Flower Parish, went to Seton High School and graduated from Towson State Teachers College in 1971. She taught second grade for two years and then became a full time mother of two boys and a girl. Little by little, she eventually returned to teaching. First, as a volunteer, next as a substitute, and finally, full time. She ended her career as a reading teacher at Pine Grove Middle School in Baltimore County. Mary was a special person. She had a gift for teaching and shared her love for learning with her students and made a lasting impression in their lives. She always had a positive attitude about education, life, and the people around her. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She fought hard, but lost the battle against the disease. Mary died of uterine sarcoma on September 6, 2002 at the age of 55.

Mary’s Poem

I want to leave you with something better than words or sounds.

Look for me in people whom I have known and loved; and if you cannot live without me, then let me live on in your eyes, your mind, and your acts of kindness.

Love does not die; people do. So, when all that is left of me is love…. give me away.

Mary Barnett (1/5/1947 – 9/6/2002)
Wife, Mother, Teacher, Friend