Obituary of Mary Alice Westcot
July 12, 2017
Mary Alice Westcot passed away July 3, 2017 at the age of 67 after a 5-year journey with cancer. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, we will all miss her loving kindness, dry wit, natural beauty and unselfish grace. Mary was born on August 5, 1949 to Ernestine Luella Nunemaker and John Asaph Harding in Kingman, Kansas. Her family struggled in her early years and she always said her real life started when her mother moved to Montclair, California, and married Otis Mitchell, the man she loved as her father. While doing work study in her senior year of high school,
Mary met an Engineering Intern and the first love of her life, Richard Summers. They married and followed his career as a pilot in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. They had a daughter, Monica, and were expecting their son, Matthew, when Richard succumbed after a short struggle with Leukemia. Shortly after Matthew was born, an old friend of Richard's came into her life, Dennis Westcot, and he became the second love of her life. They shared a devoted marriage of 44 years. After they married, they moved to Rome, Italy, where Dennis worked with the United Nations for 7 years. They traveled extensively through Europe and Mary explored Rome with her children and fell in love with the Italian culture. Their daughter Tammy was born in Rome before the family moved back to Davis, California. Mary returned to school and a career working for non-profit organizations in human resources and administration. Her kids teased her that she was always devoted to a cause but that was a part of her guiding principles. She contributed to work that impacted her neighborhood andthe world with organizations that improved outcomes for the disabled and impoverished, and promoted the growth of organic farming and sustainable energy. The pride of her life was seeing all of her children graduate from college and go on to lead productive family lives, bringing into the world six beautiful grandchildren for her to enjoy. Mary was fond of camping with Dennis and the family as well as traveling to new places all over the world. In 2012, Dennis and Mary moved to Nevada City where she enjoyed the friendship of many new friends, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, traveling with her husband, and finishing her life among the trees.
Mary showed us all that every breath of life is what you make of it; even when it is not easy and not what you expected. It is how you persevere, give selflessly and cherish the people around you that makes you who you are. She loved her family and friends with commitment and support that never wavered even as she struggled at the end.
Mary is survived by her husband Dennis Westcot, daughter Monica (Summers) Clark, son Matthew Summers, daughter Tamara (Westcot) Reid, and grandchildren Nathan Summers, Mason Summers,
Grace Clark, Lucas Summers, Tristen Reid and Ethan Reid. Per her wishes, there will be no memorial service but a celebration of her life will be held in August at her home.
Arrangements are under the care of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.