Mary Margaret Linden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, passed away on June 11, 2020, at Vicar’s Health Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Mary was born on February 3, 1931 in New York, NY to Lawrence and Marjorie Beavis. After her mother passed away, Mary was raised in Boston by her beloved Aunts (Mae, Betty, Margaret & Helen). She married Douglas Linden in 1951 and together they had four children. Mary lived in Piscataway and Somerset, NJ for 43 years, before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in 1998. Mary attended Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in education. Mary taught elementary school, moved to curriculum supervisor and then assistant to the Superintendent. Mary retired after 32 years of service with the Piscataway School System. Mary also served as an Adjunct Prof/Supervisor for the Univ. of North Florida.
Mary met Robert Veasie shortly after moving to Ponte Vedra Beach and they were married in 2002, adding Bob’s 3 daughters (Ruth, Susan & Kathy) into her family. Mary and Bob were married for 6 loving years until his passing in 2008.
Mary has always helped others, particularly thru volunteering at the Mayo Clinic, as a shepherd at Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Library Board Trustee, President of the Sawgrass Women’s Club, President of Rough Creek HOA, Newcomers Club, organizer and Board President for a local Nursey School, River Road Rescue Squad women’s auxiliary, Chairperson and Blood Drive coordinator of the Central NJ Hemophilia Assoc. She most enjoyed reading to the elementary school students.
Mary is survived by her beloved children Douglas, David (Rita), Marjorie (Sean) and Donald (Joanne) and stepdaughters Ruth, Susan & Kathy. She leaves behind grandchildren Douglas III, Heather, Christopher, Kimberly, Kyle, Caroline, Michael, and Jennifer. Step grandchildren Adam, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Celeste, Carson, and Austin. She also was blessed with great grandchildren, Alexandra, Penelope, Patrick, Alyssa, Ellie, Emerson, Jace and Jaxson and step great grandchildren Jakob, Kayla, Lada, Irisa & Nakane. Her brother Robert Beavis (Barbara), along with beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary had many lifelong friends from NJ and Ponte Vedra Beach. She was predeceased by Douglas Linden, Robert Veasie, brother Raymond (Ann) Shaw and daughter in law Anita Linden.
Mary loved to read, attend the theatre and arts and to travel, seeing Europe, U.S., Africa, Australia, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Egypt, and New Zealand. She shared that interest with her grandchildren taking each one of them on a trip after their high school graduation.
Mary loved the ocean and sunshine. The place where Mary called home was fittingly named “The Last Resort.”
A Memorial Service will be held at a future date as Corona Virus restrictions are lessened.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Mayo Clinic, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the Jacksonville Symphony.