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TOPSFIELD--Mrs. Mary C. (Lines) Wellman of 103 Salem Rd., wife of the late Sargent Holbrook Wellman, died at home on Sunday after a short illness.
Born in New York, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Lines, she was educated in Paris and Italy, and lived in Paris until her marriage in 1919, when she and her husband made their home in Topsfield.
In April 1912, she and her mother returned to the United States to attend her brother's graduation from Dartmouth College. They were passengers on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and survived its sinking in the North Atlantic.
During her life, Mrs. Wellman was active in many community organizations including the Topsfield Congregational Church, the Topsfield Town Library, Historical Society, Garden Club, Boxfield-Topsfield Community Club, Town Committee and the Grange.
In addition, she devoted much of her time to the Girl Scouts on local, state and national levels since 1923. One of the founders of the Mid-Essex Area Council of Girl Scouts, she had been a member of the board of directors, and the first vice president of that council.
She had served as commissioner of Massachusetts Girl Scouts for four years, was a member of the Girl Scout National Board of Directors for two years, and most recently was president of the Hawthorne Council from 1964-1970. She often entertained international scouts in her home.
Mrs. Wellman was a member of the Herb Society of America from 1935-1965, serving as chairman of the New England Unit and president of the national organization. She assisted in the translation of "The Natural History of Lavendars" from French to English, and in the publications of "The Herbs of Greece."
Both she and her late husband, a former state representative who had served the town of Topsfield in a variety of offices for 40 years, were trustees of Derce-Pierce College in Athens, Greece.
Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Joseph L. Leonard of Manchester; two sons, Howard L. Wellman of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Bradford S. Wellman of Bangor, Maine; also ten grandchildren.
Her funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 PM in the Congregational Church of Topsfield.

[Note: Bradford S. Wellman now resides in Sorrento, Maine and Howard L. Wellman now resides in Bothell, Washington]

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) MRS. SARGENT H. WELLMAN, ACTIVE IN GIRL SCOUTING (Salem Evening News, Monday 24th November 1975, ref: #291, published 28 August 2003, generated 1st February 2023 05:55:05 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/item-291.html