|Mary Maria Blythe|
|Also known as||
Aunt Mary Maria
Mary Maria was born on May 31, 1845 somewhere on Prince Edward Island to Mr. and Mrs. Blythe. She was raised there and attended school. She was very practical and didn't continue with studies but never married.
Mary Maria moved to Charlottetown and lived there until her mother's death in the 1890s. When her beloved cousin John died, she decided to visit his only son Gilbert at his house Ingleside in Glen St. Mary, Prince Edward Island.
Visit to Ingleside
Mary Maria was mean to Susan, the hired lady, and wore out her welcome quite quickly. Before long, everyone was sick of her, though Anne and Gilbert were too polite to tell her that they wished she would leave. The only time she was nice was after Christmas dinner.
The party was large and a success, except when the cake was brought out it had 55 on it, and the children brought out 55 yellow roses, since yellow roses were the only flowers she liked, she blew her top. Since apparently she didn't want to be reminded of her age, and now everyone knew how old she was. She was so angry she finally left Ingleside.
Mary Maria always called her Annie but she couldn't stand it.
Mary Maria was also mean to children, such as telling Di that maybe someday, if she was very good, her parents would like her as much as they liked Nan, even if she did have red hair. That made Gilbert angry, but she just said that she always thought they preferred Nan, and Di felt it. Nan and Di also named their ugliest doll after her and drowned it every time they were scolded by Mary Maria.
- "Miss Mary Maria Blythe was not ill-looking for a lady of fifty-five. She had what she believed were "aristocratic features," framed by always sleek grey crimps which seemed to insult daily Susan's spiky little knob of grey hair. She dressed very nicely, wore long jet earrings in her ears and fashionably high-boned net collars on her lean throat."
- —Anne of Ingleside, Chapter 4[src]
Mary is female given name of Hebrew origin and means beloved. Maria is female given name of Latin origin, the variant of Mary and also means beloved.
- Mary Maria shared name with Mary Keith, the mother of Davy and Dora, Mary Vance, the friend of Blythe children, and with Mary Gardiner, the mother of Lewis Allen and half-sister of James Armstrong.