Mary F. Hewes, homemaker and activist

Mary F. Hewes, a former newspaper reporter and longtime Charles Village resident, died May 16 from cancer at Mount Pleasant Hospice. She was 81.

The daughter of a real estate broker and a homemaker, the former Mary Frances McClatchy was born and raised in Berwyn, Pa.


After graduating from Villa Maria High School in Malvern, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from what is now Immaculata University, also in Malvern.

After a hitchhiking tour of the U.S. and Europe, she went to work as a newspaper reporter for The Stratford News in Stratford, Conn.


While working for the newspaper, she met and fell in love with Robert F. Hewes, who was also a reporter at the paper. They married in 1958.

The couple owned a graphic arts business in Woodstock, N.Y., before moving to Baltimore in 1969, when Mr. Hewes was named director of university relations and publications at the Johns Hopkins University.

They settled in Glyndon, where they raised their six children. In 1983, they moved to Silver Lake, N.H., after they purchased a country store. After her husband's death two years later, Mrs. Hewes return to Baltimore and settled in Charles Village.

An avid gardener, Mrs. Hewes cared for the Margaret Brent Garden.

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She was a Democrat and was active in many liberal issues. In the early 1970s, she became a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She also volunteered at the Margaret Brent School.

"She was a woman who marched to her own drummer," said a longtime friend, Margaret Bowler, who lives in Catonsville.

Mrs. Hewes was a member for 40 years of the Glyndon Book Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and was an active member of the Senior Network Bridge Group.

Family members said she enjoyed spending time at Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach, Del.


A memorial celebration of her life is private.

Surviving are five sons, Robert Hewes of Charles Village, Ian Hewes of Mount Washington, Theodore Hewes of St. Paul, Minn., Donn Hewes of Marathon, N.Y., and Peter Hewes of Lake Saranac, N.Y.; a daughter, Mary Hewes Friedman of Evergreen; a brother, Frank McClatchy of Philadelphia; four sisters, Joan Bishop of Gloucester, Mass., Kaye Ralston of Lancaster, Pa., and Barbara Clay and Anne Coacher, both of Philadelphia; and 10 grandchildren.