Dolliff, Mary Louise (Russell) Age 82, passed away peacefully on May 2nd, 2012, from Alzheimer's Disease. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward H. and Alma K. Russell; husband, Roger P. Dolliff, Jr.; and son, David E. Dolliff. Survived by sons, Daniel J. (Lanie), Roger III (Vivian) and Matthew (Kathy); grandchildren, Daniel C., Jillian, Hugh and Jameson; great-grandson, Elliot; and sister-in-law, Norma Dolliff. Mary was born on February 20th, 1930 in Minneapolis. As a young girl, Mary enjoyed playing Kick the Can with the neighboring Lake Calhoun playmates, about as readily as playing with her rather extensive doll collection. Mary graduated from The Academy of Holy Angels prep school then attended the University of Minnesota where she took Home Economics classes and was voted Engineering Queen in 1948. Mary was "discovered" by her future father- in-law, who thought she would be perfect for his eldest son, Roger Jr. When the two met, sparks flew and soon began a remarkable union lasting nearly 60 years. Mary was the proud mother of four sons. As an only child, this was quite the challenge, but Mary rose to the occasion and was excited to take on any new adventure with her boys. Some of the best times were camping up north with close friends and family. Mary was an excellent cook, and her walleye fish fries were legendary. Mary and Roger began jogging in the mid 60's, well before it was popular. Roger was secretly proud that Mary could outpace him over longer distances. He also admired her tenacious tennis skills as did her doubles partners. Mary was a passionate gardening enthusiast, and could frequently be found in her garden well into the twilight. Point out a plant and she could name the common and botanical name. Mary eventually started her own landscape design company, served on the board of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and was an Arboretum guide for 35 years. Mary was truly an amazing person with great enthusiasm, boundless energy, and an eternally positive outlook. She always had a smile for people, and would readily offer to help in any way she could. Even as her Alzheimer's progressed, she continued to care for others and maintain her sunny disposition. Special thanks to the staff at Sunrise of Minnetonka, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice. A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis on Saturday, June 23rd. The service will begin at 10:30 am, with a visitation one hour prior, and reception to follow. Private interment. Memorials preferred to Metro Meals On Wheels or St. Cloud Children's Home Gardening Skills Program.
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Published in Star Tribune on June 17, 2012