An obituary may tell the facts but not the feelings. We, at County
Players, wish to remember Maria McCarthy Ringwood with the affection
and respect she earned in her time with us.
Since she was a high school student, Maria exercised her love for and talent in theatre activities. For County Players, from 1988 through 1996, she performed in "Hello, Dolly!" "Company," "Oliver!" "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Barefoot in the Park," "West Side Story," "Rumors," "Lend Me a Tenor," and "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." She designed costumes for "Camelot," "Evita," and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and worked in many other capacities for us. Maria was a dedicated, competent, warm, caring asset to our community, embodying the spirit of cooperation and friendship.
Her husband, David, shared the stage with her in several of these shows, and he directed her in "Rumors." Together they founded Theatre Arts Group (TAG), which in its brief but brilliant existence brought stunning, innovative theatre to the area, further testimony to their abilities and talents.
Theirs was a theatre-engendered romance which gave those of us privileged to have known them as a couple the opportunity to witness the devotion and love they shared. We celebrated with them their marriage, the establishment of their home, the births of their son, Liam, just starting kindergarten, and daughter, Grace, barely out of toddlerhood. While their theatrical involvement waned with the arrival of the children, we delighted in the stories Maria and David would share with us from time to time about the little ones.
We grieve for David's, Liam's and Grace's devastating loss, and we deeply mourn her shockingly swift and sudden passing from our midst.
For Maria's parents, William and Valerie McCarthy, and for the others of her family and David's, we know there are no adequate words of comfort, but we can tell them of our own sense of bereavement and hope that, in time, their good memories will ease some of the pain.
For our friend, David, we can only hope that our sharing grief with him will help him in the exceedingly difficult time ahead as he copes with Maria's passing and takes up the full responsibility for Liam and Grace.
We wish him, the children and their families hope and healing.
Click here for the Memorial Page made by Maria's brother Mark.
Photos from some of Maria's appearances on County Players' stage.
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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Lend Me a Tenor