Mary Lessing

Obituary of Mary Alice Lessing

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Mary-Alice O’Neil Lessing Evans, 94 of Princeton, NJ, Skillman, NJ and Chebeague Island, ME passed away August 12, 2021 at her home at Stonebridge of Montgomery, NJ.

Born in Hartford, CT, Mary-Alice was the youngest daughter of Joseph Carter and Marie Dyer O’Neil. She was affectionately known as “Tink” to her family and friends.

Tink was a graduate of Smith College, received Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Middlebury College. She was a Spanish and French teacher for over 20 years at Princeton Regional Schools. She adored her students and they always inspired her. Tink enjoyed collaborating with her colleagues and dearly missed their interactions after she retired. Even in retirement Tink continued to teach a Spanish class at Stonebridge and attended an informal French conversation group.  She loved pursuing new skills.  In recent years, painting became a new passion and a talent that she shared with her late daughter and other relatives.

Tink was an energetic daily-walker (with anyone who could keep up with her), a voracious reader, a NYTimes crossword puzzle aficionado, a parishioner of All Saints’ Church, a daily member of Stonebridge coffee group (bring your own cup), and with her boundless energy and love of the outdoors she spent every summer of her life at her family’s home in Maine!

Predeceased by her beautiful daughter Anne Carter Lessing (Welsh), her beloved husband of 50 years Robert Lessing, her second husband Dr. Thomas Evans, her good friend Lou Gambaccini, her sister Edith and two brothers Bud and Nate. Her memory will forever live on in her three daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Victor Fasanella of Robbinsville, NJ, Amy and David Dudeck of Hamilton Square, NJ, Susan and Michael LaVoie of Modest town, VA, her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and her plethora of cherished friends and colleagues.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home of Princeton, NJ.

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