Mary Gross MeadFebruary 17, 1921 ~ July 19, 2017 (age 96)
Mary Gross Mead passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, following a short battle with cancer. She was 96.
Mary was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on February 17, 1921. Growing up in cold, snowy Duluth and ice skating on frozen Lake Superior remained a defining experience throughout her life.
She married Warren F. Mead in 1942 in Anniston, Alabama, where he was a member of the United States Army. He preceded her in death in 2001.
As her four children, we always admired Mom's adventurous spirit. In addition to living in Minnesota and Alabama, she lived in Butte and Missoula, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Our mother traveled to Canada and Alaska with our father and to Guam and Japan with her daughters. She had been a resident of Sequim since 1985. Her longtime neighborhood friends always made her feel she was part of something special, and we are grateful for their friendship, kindness and loving support.
Her spirit shone most brightly through her artwork. She was an accomplished china painter, winning first-place ribbons at the Oklahoma State Fair. Many of her oil-on-canvas scenes adorned her home and the homes of her children and relatives.
She loved gardening and never left her hummingbird feeder empty. Family celebrations during the holidays featured large dinners and freshly baked cookies. Christmas was always special with a tree decorated with favorite ornaments dating back to her childhood and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" playing in the background.
Our mother looked forward to the good-natured competitiveness of her monthly canasta group and passed on her love of cards to her children and grandchildren. Other hobbies included stamp and coin collecting. Our parents also volunteered at both the Sequim Senior Center and the Visitor Center, welcoming new residents to Sequim. They were lifelong members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Marty Mead of Sequim, Diane Mead of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Carol Butcher of Silverdale, Washington, and her partner, Chuck Pearson of Westport, Washington; and John Mead and his wife, Lim Mei Chian of Singapore. She also leaves behind her son-in-law, Skip Butcher, and his partner, Patty Rothenburg; three grandchildren, Sarah, Andrea and her husband, Gib, Emily and her husband, Jesse; and of course her bright-eyed great-granddaughter, Eloise.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George and Blanche Gross; her sisters, Margaret Gross, Eileen Rosekrans, who served in the Marine Corps, and Lorraine Rosekrans; and her brothers, George, a Pearl Harbor survivor, and John, a World War II paratrooper.
Thank you to Dr. Charles Sullivan, her thoughtful and caring family practice physician and adviser for over 30 years. Also, thank you to the staff of Brookdale Montclair in Poulsbo, Washington, for their kind and genuine care for our Mom.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lending Closet sponsored by Soroptimist International of Sequim. Their generosity in lending needed medical equipment and their understanding helped comfort our family during this very difficult time. More information is found at http://tinyurl.com/pdn-lendingcloset. The local address is P.O. Box 126, Sequim, WA 98382.
Burial was at Sequim View Cemetery in Sequim on Saturday, July 29, 2017.