Mary Wood Coughey, born December 10, 1910, passed away
at Passamaquoddy Lodge, St. Andrews, New Brunswick on
July 20, 2004.
She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and
Madeline Coughey; her husband, Lawrence F. Hashey;
brothers, Thomas and Earl; and sister, Alice. Mary is
survived by one son, David (Janice) Hashey; one
daughter Alice-Anne (Ross) Giberson; two brothers,
David (Lillian) Coughey and Jamie Coughey; and six
grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
devoted her life to family, the arts and her university. She
grew up in St. Andrews, NB, and from there went to the
University of New Brunswick, where she received an Arts degree
in 1931. Mary became very active in the UNB Alumnae
Association and also served on its Board of Governors. She
received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1995.
Mary had a lifelong commitment to the arts and commenced
painting at the age of 11 in picturesque St. Andrews
by-the-Sea. She exhibited her paintings widely and they are
held in many private collections. Mary was the prime mover and
the first president of the Fredericton Art Club, and was
influential in the formation of the Fredericton Society of
Artists. She wrote Maritime Artists Volume I which was
published by the Maritime Artists Association.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery came into being as a result of her
drive for an art gallery in Fredericton, and she served on its
Board of Governors from 1960 – 1964. She worked very closely
with the gallery in a number of capacities from the time of
its inception. Mary was honoured by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery
in 2003 for her contributions and a fund was created in her
name to assist the gallery in the acquisition of paintings
from new and upcoming artists.
A private family service was be held in St. Andrews. A
reception in Mary’s honor was held at the Beaverbrook Art
Gallery on Tuesday, July 27, 2004.