Mary Sampas – longtime Lowell Sun reporter and columnist and the grand dame among friends and her community – died yesterday at Saints Medical Center at the age of 93. Friend and Sun associate Nancye Tuttle remembers her here on her blog – Nancye’s World.
The Sun has a front page story in today’s edition. Over the next few days her readers will be reminded of Mary’s seventy-five years of covering the social and entertainment scene as well as her days as Pertinax – a thought columist for the Sun and for as her ever-present commitment to Lowell and her beloved Lowellians.
Here’s a link to a past Nancye Tuttle story written about Mary in 2009 telling us of her life in Lowell – of her many adventures with the Hollywood crowd and of the guessing-game about whether Pertinax was a man or a woman. Mary was and will remain an iconic figure in the memory of the Lowell community. She will be missed. Rest in Peace.
She was the widow of Sun columinst and editor Charles Sampas and mother of Marina Schell.