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Mary Lou Howe


Mary Lou Howe was born Mary Louise Hall. She was born in Maxwell, CA, went to school in Williams, and lived her adult life in Arbuckle. She used to say that she was slowly moving south and was probably going to die in Dunnigan. Instead, her last stop was Grass Valley where, after a 98 year journey, she died on March 9, 2021.

She passed away in her sleep after a day spent with her headphones on listening to her favorite music.

Mary Lou loved music. She also loved to dance. She loved the ocean and the mountains and ice cream and white wine. But what she loved most of all was people. Whether together playing cards, walking, traveling, singing, playing golf, worshiping, or just sitting around the table talking and laughing – all the people she loved knew without a doubt that they were loved.

She showed us this love in countless ways – with her greetings, and goodbyes, and letters; she showed love by never forgetting our birthday or the details of a shared adventure; she most certainly showed us love by gathering us together, and by insisting on celebrating life with us at every opportunity.

Mary Lou was admired and loved wherever she went. Her smile was legendary and her giggle was infectious. Her home was always warm and welcoming. Her partnership with her husband, “Bub,” was full of love, adventure, and some good natured tolerance for shenanigans. She loved all who called her mom, aunt, sister, grandma, “G-gma” or friend. And her love changed all of our lives.

She will live on in our memories and also in our future adventures and celebrations. When we enjoy coffee in bed or watch the sun come up, and whenever we gather with friends and family; when we read a good book or share wine, cheese and crackers with friends; whenever we watch the sun go down and the day come to an end; Mary Lou would want gratitude and love to fill our hearts.

She would want gratitude and love to fill our days!

And that is something to celebrate.

03/25/2021 • WPR #2021-0447

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