Mary Kathleen Eby, 100

Mary Kathleen Eby, 100, of Oswego died on April 20, 2011 at St. Luke Nursing home in Oswego.

Mary was born on October 31, 1910 in Togo, Saskatchewan, Canada. She attended Arran High School and then Business/Secretarial School in Saskatoon. Upon graduation she worked for the Quaker Oats Company. She was married to James R. Eby on January 2, 1941 and they moved to Toronto, Canada where Mary was employed as personal secretary to the director of CBC Radio Canada working together with Lorne Greene and Charles Jennings who would on occasion bring his son, a very young Peter Jennings to the office. In 1947 the couple moved to New York City so that Mr. Eby could pursue his singing career in Opera. Mary was employed as officer manager in the medical offices of Doctors Klingenstein, Hebald and Ziehman. In 1955 the family moved to Wallkill, New York in the Hudson Valley where Mary worked at the Blue Nursing Home in New Paltz, New York and then at Blue Chip Farms, Wallkill, New York where she worked past her 80th birthday. Mary and Jim moved to Oswego in 1998.

Mary was active and enjoyed a variety of sports. While in High school she played basketball at a time when the basketball court was still divided into separate zones and she could recall traveling to games by hand propelled railroad cars. She was a member of the Saskatoon Speed Skating Club and enjoyed tennis and horseback riding. In later years she and her husband enjoyed square dancing. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed animals, playing the piano and crocheting.

Mary is survived by her sons James of Oswego and Richard (Catherine) of Francestown, New Hampshire, grandchildren Rhonda, Christian and Cole as well as great granddaughters Victoria and Allison who brought her much joy in the final days of her life.

Mary is a member of the Shawangunk Reformed Church in Wallkill, New York where arrangements will be made for a memorial service in the Near future.

Nelson Funeral Home has care of local arrangements. Online condolences may be made at