Mary Parker Putnam

Published in Main Line Media News on Dec. 24, 2017

Mary Parker "Molly" Putnam
1936 - 2017

Mary Parker Putnam “Molly” passed away on December 13,
2017 at age 81. Born in Washington, D.C. on March 31,
1936, Mary was the daughter of Dorothy (Pryor) and Col.
John Scott Parker, Jr.

As a youth she was an Air Force “brat”, and lived in Berlin,
West Germany from 1948-49 while her father flew planes
for the Berlin Airlift. Her family also lived in Bethesda Md. and Washington DC. She
graduated from
Western HS (1954) in Washington DC. After high school, Molly
graduated from Mt. Vernon College. She returned to school mid-life, and received her
nursing degree from Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing in 1979.

After graduation she spent her entire nursing career at Lankenau Hospital. She loved her
job as a scrub nurse in the operating room before retiring in 2002 after more than 20
years of service.

She was well liked and remembered with fondness by all who knew her, many of whom
still eagerly share “Molly” stories. Molly was a generous and loving woman. She loved to
read and was a restless intellectual. History, politics, art, music, current events, martial
arts and even the English Premier League were subjects she would doggedly pursue.
She was passionate about miniature collectibles, and she created tiny realms with minute
attention to detail. She was a woman blessed with rare beauty, but it was her inner
qualities for which she will be fondly remembered. Her laughter was infectious, and her
spirit contagious-but, above all things-she was a fiercely independent defender of the
truth. She has left a chasm in the hearts of those that loved her, and will be dearly missed.

Molly was the loving mother of her four children and their families: Lisa Putnam Chapman,
husband John and son Ford; Samuel G. Putnam III and his children, Jesse, Ryan, Jake
and Anna Putnam; Marissa Putnam Wadsworth and her children TJ, Madison and Chase
Wadsworth; Doree Putnam Baker and her husband John and their children Jack, Hannah
and Sam Baker.

Mary was predeceased by her brother Scott Parker and her beloved grandson TJ
Wadsworth. “Nobody Knows but Me” Patrick O’ Leary There’s a place that I travel When I
want to roam And nobody knows it but me. The roads don’t go there And the signs stay
home And nobody knows it but me. It’s far far away And way way afar It’s over the moon
and the sea And wherever you’re going That’s where you are And nobody knows it but
me. ***

As per Molly’s wishes, services will be private.

Donations in Molly’s memory may be made to

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Family Services entrusted to Boyd-Horrox-Givnish of East Norriton, 610-277-7000.