Mary Middleton McBride, 88, passed away on February 19, 2020.
Mary was born in Gothenburg, Nebraska and graduated from University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1953 with a BS in business education. She was a proud Chi Omega and Cornhusker. Mary attended the Dale Carnegie school in 1962 and went on to attend graduate classes at Baldwin Wallace University, American University in DC and University of Denver before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1980. In 1988 she received her Masters in Technology & Occupational Education. She married Bill McBride in March 5, 1962.
Mary had a long career teaching typing and computers in both the Albuquerque Public Schools and the Technology Vocational Institute (TVI). She was an avid republican who worked as a Precinct and Ward Chairman coordinating 40 area coordinators and over 500 volunteers and her political work culminated in being a campaign manager for a New Mexico governor’s race. In 1954-8 she worked as a personal secretary to US House of Rep. Robert Harrison.
Mary’s hobbies were attending the Santa Fe Opera, travel, playing piano, photography and being a docent for the Albuquerque Museum of Art. She brought home several rescue dogs from all over the city, most noticeably Maus and Murphy.
Her professional organizations consisted of Albuquerque Arts Alliance; Albuquerque Symphony Women’s Association; Albuquerque Federated Republican Women; American Association of University Women.
She is survived by her son Eric McBride (Denver), her daughter Lisa McBride (Washington D.C.) and daughter Lorna (McBride) Wolf, husband Lance Wolf, their daughter Charlotte Wolf (Breckenridge, CO).
The Artist Within – a short digital story with Mary Middleton from Michele Sapio, one of her caregivers. http://youtu.be/lSJtrIUhfAA
There will be a Funeral Service held on Tuesday, February 25th at 11:00am at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel at 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80003.
There will also be a Funeral Service on Friday, February 28th at 2:00pm at the Banner United Methodist Church at 43111 East Banner Road, Gothenburg, NE 60138 with Blase Strauser Memorial Chapel.
Mary will be laid to rest in her hometown of Gothenburg, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Albuquerque Museum Foundation
PO Box 7006, Albuquerque, NM 87194 ~ 505-842-0111
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090 ~ 800-628-0028