Mary McLean |

Mary McLean

Mary Backer McLean of Camano Island, Wash., died Monday, July 23, 2012. She was 65.

Mary was born to the late John “Buster” and Zelma “Dutch” Goodhue, Aug. 5, 1946, in Grass Valley.

She graduated with the first graduating class (of 1964) from Las Plumas High School in Oroville.

Mary spent many years raising her family in Ft. Collins, Colo., and was a 15-year employee of the city of Ft. Collins in the purchasing department.

Upon moving to Coupeville/Camano Island, Wash., she joined the Snohomish Health District and retired after 19 years as the purchasing coordinator.

As the “adoptive mom” to many kids growing up in Ft. Collins, as well as many more in Washington, Mary was well respected and cherished for her dedication, her friendship and her never-ending support of their many athletic, theatrical and educational events.

In addition, Mary was a close friend, adviser and “guardian angel” to her numerous friends throughout their lives.

Mary has often been described as feisty, dedicated and loving.

She will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her husband, John McLean; sons, Cameron Backer of Puyallup, Wash., and Scott Backer of Minneapolis; and ex-husband, Chuck Backer of Mesa, Ariz.

In addition to numerous family members, Mary is survived by four grandchildren, Jarid Kerwin of Oklahoma City, Kaitlyn Backer of Puyallup, Wash., Kelsey Backer of Puyallup, Wash., and Aidan Backer of Minneapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to or your local Humane Society.

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