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Marie passed away peacefully at her parents' home in Colfax, Calif., of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). She is survived by her husband Darrell Bear Cruz, her parents Jim and Carol Barry, brother Max (Molly) Barry and nieces Samantha and Sierra. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins mourn the loss of Marie. She was pre-deceased by her grandparents JL 'Tom' and Marie Bellomy and Wes and Maxine Barry. Marie, born in Carmichael, Calif., was raised in Colfax. She was active in sports and student government at Colfax Elementary and High Schools including basketball and soccer. Marie earned her Bachelor's Degree from Humboldt State University in Wildlife Biology. Proud of her Native American heritage she worked for the Hoopa Tribe in northern California, and later for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California where she earned numerous awards and received national recognition for her outstanding work. During her tenure with the Washoe Tribe she wrote many grants to fund and develop the Environmental Protection Department that eventually employed 30 people. As Environmental Director she developed and implemented programs for clean drinking water for the four communities of the tribe earning an award from the State of Nevada for the Best Drinking Water in the State of Nevada; created a recycling yard and cleaned the communities of hazardous waste; had allotment land markers posted; lead flood mitigation work to ensure the safety of the people; revegetated damaged landscapes; and established a yearly Earth Day event. She worked to reintroduce Lahonton cutthroat trout to Lake Tahoe where now a small population is making a comeback and is responsible for a road sign marking a summit by the Washoe name 'simi dime' on Highway 395. Marie spent countless hours and her own money where grant funds could not be sent to insure the program succeeded. Her priority was to keep the people, fish and wildlife, and environment safe. Marie worked with various federal, state and local governments, sat on the four state Regional Operations Committee, and the National Operations Committee that includes all fifty states, providing a voice for environmental issues for the tribe. Her accomplishments are too numerous to list. Marie put her heart and soul into making the lives and environment better for the Washoe people. Her hard work and involvement drew local, state and national attention to the Washoe Tribe. Marie enjoyed horseback riding, horse endurance racing, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, backpacking, traveling, reading, and being with her family and friends. She gave generously to many organizations, foundations, and educational programming. Her ready smile, enthusiasm, and love of life touched everyone that she met. She was too young to leave us and we all will miss her dearly. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ammon Cabin at 220 Old Wagon Road near Cisco Grove on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring your stories of Marie to share. Memorial contributions can be made online at: https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/ choose 'other' for gift designation and type Memory and Aging Center. Select 'In Memory Of' and type in Ms. Marie Barry. Or by check payable to "UCSF Foundation" please include Memory and Aging Center on the memo line or a cover note that the gift is in memory of Ms. Marie Barry. Checks should be mailed to: UCSF Foundation P.O. Box 45339 San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
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