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Mary Lou Greenlee


1928 ~ 2012 - Obituary Condolences
Mary Lou Greenlee Obituary
Mary Lou Greenlee 1928 ~ 2012 Mary Lou Peay was born on December 19, 1928, to Rayburn and Hazel Peay and later also raised by her stepfather, Henry Harper. Mary Lou was raised in Arvin, CA, where she attended and graduated from Kern County Union High School. In 1946, she married the love of her life and husband of 62 years, William Richard Greenlee. Bill and Mary Lou spent most of their life farming southwest of town. In 1949, she gave birth to their first and only daughter, Christine. Four years later in 1953, she gave birth to their son, William Richard, Jr.; then came along Jeffery Ray in 1958. Bill and Mary Lou raised their three children on the farm and in church. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church for over 60 years, playing the piano and teaching Sunday school for 40 years. She was also very active in Maricopa School District, where her three children attended. She loved waterskiing at Bass Lake. Beginning with their honeymoon, Mary Lou spent decades waterskiing and sun tanning at the lake with her husband and family. Spoiling her grandchildren was her ultimate, favorite pastime; and then great- grandchildren came along, and they were the light of her life. She was loved, showed love, and will continue to be loved by all who knew her. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her daughter-in-law, Jeannie Lou Greenlee. She is survived by her brother, Bud and wife, Ronda Peay; brothers, Tom, Tim, and Terry Peay; children, Christine and husband, Mike Oliver, Rick and wife, Tracy Greenlee, and Jeff Greenlee; her grandchildren, Craig and wife, Holly Oliver, William Richard III and wife, Robyn Greenlee, James Oliver, Brad and wife, Michelle Greenlee, Jennifer Greenlee, Emily Hazelwood, J.R. Greenlee, Megan Greenlee; her great-grandchildren, Jacob Oliver, Jade Greenlee, Jassen Oliver, Bailey Greenlee, Garrett Greenlee, Austyn Lou Greenlee, Logan Gatlin, Sophie Oliver, and Vincent Edwards. Other family members include: Megan, Billy, Sage, and Monet Panther; Brianna, Josh, and Chloe Chapman; and many other nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives; also her dear little dog, Millie. We love you Mom, Sister, Nana, Granny, Great-Grandma, and Nannie Moo. We will see you in Heaven. A chapel service will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center, 2739 Panama Lane. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com Greenlawn Southwest www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 12, 2012
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