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Mary Armistead Bahr Turino Dies November 13, 2017, at 85 PDF Print Email


By the Family

Nov. 22, 2017:  Mary Armistead Bahr Turino was born on February 29, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mary Fairfax Griffith Bahr (of Richmond, Virginia) and Frederick Bahr (of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania). She passed away at age 85 on November 13, 2017.

She graduated from Grosse Pointe Country Day School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in 1950 and from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1954. After a short stint at Doubleday Publishing as an editor, she met and married William G. Turino (of Brooklyn, New York). Their first child, David Warfield Turino, was born in 1959, and their second child, Hope Griffith Turino, was born in 1962 while they were living in New York City. Following their move to Bronxville, Mary and Bill had their third child, Mary Fairfax Turino, born in 1969. Mary and Bill joined Christ Church and the Bronxville Field Club and participated in Bronxville School as their children moved through their education there. Together they enjoyed tennis and social activities throughout the years. 

Mary was a doer and a community leader. She was elected president of the Bronxville Junior League, where she founded the Bronxville Senior Citizens Council, starting both Tuckahoe and Bronxville centers. She established the corner park at Pondfield Road and Park Place. Mary served on the board of The Mastronardi Foundation and as a class officer at Smith College. She was an active member of book clubs and in her later years, bridge club. In addition to years of community service, she had a successful career as a loan officer and mortgage broker in the Westchester area. 

Most important, Mary was an active community member throughout her life, with a great fondness for connection to people from many walks of life, making new, deep, and lasting friendships right through her eighties. She always admired people's best qualities. She was a lifelong learner and lover of great books, ideas, and intellectual discussion, and she was a great animal lover as well. She always engaged herself and others with full determination and focus, as well as embracing a breadth of interests. Knowing she lived life fully, she left with the same grace, determination, acceptance, and humor with which she had lived her life. 

We, her family and her communities, feel blessed to have had her special and intelligent presence throughout her 85 years. 

She is survived by her son, David Warfield Turino (Catherine Shea-Turino), her daughter Hope Griffith Turino (Alan A. Hemberger), her daughter Mary Fairfax Turino, a brother, Frederick Bahr, a sister, Jean Bahr Waltrip, and three grandchildren, Lily Turino, Raina Hemberger, and Matisse Hemberger.

Click here for a link to the October 2016 newsletter of the Bronxville Senior Citizens in which Mary Turino discusses her life and involvement in the Bronxville community.


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