Mary Harriet (Lynn) Messenger, 96, of Canton, wife of the late Francis Conrad Messenger, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on January 28, 2021 at Cherry Brook Health Care Center in Canton. She was born April 29, 1924 in Waterbury, daughter of the late Francis Cook Lynn and Gladys (Brunson) Lynn and was raised in Watertown prior to getting married. She then lived in Harwinton until 1964 before moving to Canton 55 years ago where she made her home at 26 Mohawk Drive. Mary was a Medical Records Specialist having worked at Waterbury Hospital starting as a Candy Striper at 17 during the war. She worked her way up to Head of Medical Records, and went on to work for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Bristol Hospital, and Winsted Memorial Hospital. She also worked for Dr. Atwood and Dr. Conforti in Torrington back in the late 50’s. Mary was an Alumni of the Watertown High School class of 1941, Leader of Girl Scout Troop #222 in Canton, and was an active participant of the Watertown Historical Society. She was also a member of the Canton Women’s Club, the Aetna Travel Club, and the Colette Travel Club having travelled many places throughout the world. Mary was also part of the Lynn Family Reunion Committee, having helped with many gatherings over the years for the family. She enjoyed traveling the world and attending live theater performances at the Warner Theater, The Bushnell Theater, and the Hartford Auditorium. Most of all she loved the time spent with her only grandson Jake. She considered this the highlight of her life.
She is survived by her only daughter, Phyllis (Messenger) Carroll, and husband Duke Carroll of Canton; her beloved grandson, Duke Jacob “Jake” Carroll, and fiancée Julia Thompson, both of Canton and the extensive Lynn family as well as her in-laws, the Paluba family.
Services will be announced and held at a later date due to the Coronavirus. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Agape House (a homeless outreach center), P.O. Box 1273, Bristol, CT 06011. The Vincent Funeral Home of Canton is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Mary’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.