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Mary Louise Dolan Blair

Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012


Mary Louise Dolan Blair, (Mary Lou) loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a thirty year resident of Watsonville died October 27, 2010 peacefully at her home in Sequim, Washington surrounded by family. She was 86 years old when she lost her 4 year battle with abdominal cancer.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 68 years, David Blair, 4 children: Brent Blair of Salem, Oregon, David Blair of Monmouth, Oregon, Lynn Blair-Thomas of Sequim, Washington and Susan Blair Douglas of Santa Barbara, California. She was dearly loved by her son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws, and at the time of her death, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Marylou was preceded in death by her great granddaughter Francesca Blair-Robinson of Midhurst, England.

Marylou was born on November 18, 1923 in Los Angeles, California to Stephen and Ethelyn Dolan. She moved to Watsonville in 1938 where she attended Watsonville High School. She was very disappointed when her fatherís job moved her family back to Los Angeles for her senior year at Dorsey High School... thus not graduating from the school she loved.

She was attending UCLA when she was swept off her feet by a dashing young marine from Michigan, stationed in San Diego. She and David (Dave) were married on June 12, 1943.

After she had her four children and earned her PHT (putting hubby through) degree, she went back to school and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles in 1963. She also received her teaching credential and taught in the Glendora Unified School District until she and Dave moved to Watsonville in 1970.

Mary Lou continued her teaching profession working as a Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist at Linscott Elementary School, and was in charge of the opening of two children centers in Freedom and Watsonville. She served as the first woman on Superintendent of Schools, Jim Bakerís cabinet and went on to get her administrative credential, finishing her educational career as Director of Curriculum for the Pajaro Unified School District, retiring in 1982.

In 2000, she and Dave sold their beautiful home amongst the redwoods off Hazel Dell Road and moved to Sisters, Oregon and lived there for seven years. Mary Louís declining health brought another move to Sequim, Washington, at the foot of the beautiful Olympic Mountains to be near daughter Lynn and family.

Mary Lou and Dave spent much of their retirement years traveling throughout the US in their travel trailer, always attending any important family event of her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Trips to Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, SriLanka, Africa and several times to England were also enjoyed.

Mary Lou was an active member of the California Reading Association and Soroptomist Organization. Until her death she was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood starting with Chapter CZ, Los Angeles, Chapter AY, Glendora, Chapter RX, Glendora, Chapter JB, Watsonville, Chapter FS, Sisters, Oregon and Chapter JC, Sequim, Washington. Mary Lou was so proud that her daughters are currently P.E.O. members in Sequim, Washington and Santa Barbara,California.

Mary Lou enjoyed the out of doors: camping, hiking, backpacking and especially spending time at the family built cabin in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. This past September, twenty eight family members gathered together to spread her ashes near the cabin. She was loved by all who knew her and is best remembered for her support of education for children. She always said,Ē the greatest gift you can give a child is to read to them.Ē

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