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Mary MacRobert died on November 4, 2005, just six months after the death of

her husband, Bill MacRobert. Perky, entertaining, feisty, and hilarious, she attended a dinner party at the home of her elder daughter just ten days before her death and kept those of us fortunate enough to be present in stitches for the entire evening. Three days later she fell, lapsed into semiconsciousness, and was attended continuously by family members until her peaceful death six days later. Through those days, she graced us with only the very best of herself: humor, gratitude, sweetness, politeness, warmth, and most of all…love.

Known for her beauty, ready laughter, hospitality, raunchy jokes and cocktail toasts, glorious white hair, and persistent optimism, Mary was devoted first and foremost to Bill, the man who was equally devoted to her through nine years of courtship and sixty-four years of marriage. Mary graduated from the Presbyterian School of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA, and was always proud to proclaim herself “an old nurse.” After Bill’s retirement from the Dupont Company in 1975, the MacRoberts settled in Grass Valley, “truly a piece of paradise,” and focused on children, grandchildren, neighbors, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and Hospice of the Foothills, where they were volunteers for twenty-five years.



Mary is survived by two daughters, Peggy and Betsy, and six grandchildren: Colin, Jill, Skylar, Amanda, Mac, and Hannah, who were privileged to have had her in their lives and to know her as Mom, Gramma or, as Colin once called her when she appeared dressed for dinner, “Foxy Lady.”


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