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Obituary: Maris Humphreys – What’s Up Newp


Mrs. Maris S. Humphreys, 79, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died May 31, 2022. Maris was born in Hartford, CT to Beatrice and Frederick Swan. Maris married Keith Cordell Humphreys of Middleboro, MA on July 15, 1967, in North Canton, CT.

Maris loved history, books, music, dancing and nature. She was in her element when she could be in Sachuest Point or Nantucket looking for birds, or in New Hampshire looking for slippers, or in a library or a museum. She was a competitive walker and participated in many half and full marathons through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. She walked for her father. She loved her tennis group and looked forward to spring and summer play on the courts at Rogers High School. Bridge has also brought her joy and challenges over the years while connecting her with a great group of women.

Her love of nature was nurtured as a child in the woods of Connecticut and in Middlebury, VT, where she attended Middlebury College. She pursued her lifelong passion for skiing in Vermont and around New England and was a valued member of White Mountain Ski Runners. She also studied modern dance with Martha Graham in Middlebury and kept an eye on the dance world and the Island Moving Company in Newport. After Middlebury, she earned a master’s degree in library science at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where she was introduced to her future husband Keith by a dear college friend Marguerite, who was dating Keith’s good friend George. While raising three children, she pursued a career as a librarian at the Portsmouth Free Public Library and later at the Redwood Library and Atheneum in Newport, RI, where she specialized in the care of the original collection of rare books. of Redwood dating from the founding of the Library in the 18th century. Maris could always be found “in the stacks”.

After retiring from the Redwood after 35 years of service, Maris volunteered with several organizations whose missions appealed to her passions for history and nature. She supported the Maria Mitchell Society on Nantucket, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Colonial Dames. The Emmanuel Church community in Newport, RI nurtured his spiritual life and has been a constant for over 50 years. She was a dedicated member of the Church Choir and Sacristy for many years.

Maris was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Her brother Frederick and sister Pamela grew up together sharing their love of nature and a love for their respective faith communities. Husbands and husband Keith were married for 54 years and in their later years enjoyed their travels together and loved spending time with their children and five grandchildren. Maris enjoyed sharing tennis and wildlife watching with his grandchildren. She always had a pair of binoculars nearby to identify anything she saw in flight. Maris welcomed all the dogs and cats in the neighborhood with open arms and her visits were a highlight of their day.

Maris is survived by his children, Lesley Humphreys, Gardner Humphreys and his wife, Allison Brown, and Pamela Mathieu and her husband, Peter; his brother, Frederick Swan and his wife, Patricia, and his sister, Pamela Curtin. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Jay, Ella, Shepard, Martin and Emma.

She was predeceased by her parents, Frederick and Beatrice Swan, and her husband, Keith C. Humphreys.
A funeral service will be held at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport, RI 02840 on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow immediately following the service at the church.