Maureen Ann (Doherty) Serna August 29, 1962 to June 22, 2013 Beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and educator Molly Serna of Puyallup, Wash., passed away on June 22, 2013. She was 50. Born in Everett to Dr. John and Mary Doherty, Molly lived in Texas and London before settling in Buckley. A runner, skier, and actor, she was elected Homecoming Queen and Buckley Logger's Day Rodeo Queen, graduating from White River High School in 1980. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education from the University of Washington, beginning a 25-year career as an English teacher, most recently as the English Department Chair at Auburn Mountainview High School. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009, she led a successful effort in 2010 to change state law and expand the shared leave program for state employees, and celebrated the next year by traveling to Europe with her sisters. She was famous for her dancing and her Ethel Merman impressions, and she continued teaching into her final months. In late May, she traveled to Connecticut to watch her older son graduate from Yale; in mid-June, she watched her younger son graduate from AMHS. Molly is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Scott, sons Danny and Tony, parents John and Mary Doherty, sisters Theresa and Mary Kay Doherty, brothers Tim and Mike Doherty, and her cat, Nibby Serna. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to the Maureen Serna Scholarship Fund, which will honor graduating seniors who demonstrate passion for the literary arts. Please send donations to the Auburn School District at 915 4th St NE Auburn, 98002, payable to the Auburn School District - Maureen Serna Scholarship. A celebration of Molly's life will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 98371.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from June 26 to June 30, 2013