Mary Ruth Barbey Abbott |
Mary Ruth Barbey Abbott, age 80, passed away at Kline Galland Home in Seattle WA on November 14, 2012. Mary was born May 31, 1932 in Ellsworth Maine to Peter and Katherine (Austin) Barbey. Her family relocated to Everett in 1944. She was a proud 1955 University of Washington nursing school graduate. Her first job was in Bar Harbor ME where she met her husband, William (Bud) Abbott. Bud and Mary made their home in Renton WA where they raised their two children, Michael and Carolyn (Cozy). For 30+ years, Mary taught natural childbirth classes to countless couples in the Renton area. Mary was an accomplished cellist with the Highline Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Bangor Symphony and the Tea House Trio. She was also an avid birder and kept an active life list of all her sightings. She was interested in politics and enthusiastically supported issues of gay rights and equality.
Mary is predeceased by husband Bud and brother, Robert Barbey. She is survived by her children, Michael W. Abbott, and his wife, Melissa; her daughter Carolyn R. Abbott and her wife Kelly L. Ross.
No memorial services will be held. Contributions appreciatively given to; Make Music Forever, PO Box 31386, Seattle, WA 98013.
Please sign Mary's guest book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 9, 2012