Mary Lynn Putnam (nee Harper) born October 11, 1938 passed from our world October 29, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mary Lynn was predeceased by her parents Paul and Mary Harper, baby brother John Patrick Harper, and beloved daughter, Rebecca Rauscher Aasheim. She is survived by husband of 36 years, Robert W. Putnam, children Terry Rauscher Overcash and son Paul J. Rauscher. She leaves beloved grandsons, Austin R. Gore and wife Loredana, Benjamin T. Aasheim, and great grandsons, Anthony and Stefano Gore, sister Paula Stephenson and husband George, nephews Philip and Charles Stephenson and their families, Aunt Edith James, brother in law Jon Putnam and wife Connie, Joel Putnam and wife Julie, sister in law Colleen Putnam Bay and husband Prentiss, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. Mary Lynn had many dear friends; people were naturally drawn to her. She will be missed dearly by all whose lives she touched. From 1970 until her retirement in 1999, Mary Lynn worked for various space-related companies: Hamilton Standard, Boeing, Grummman, Loral, Syscom and GHG. She loved being a part of the Space effort and received the coveted "Silver Snoopy Award" which is presented by the astronauts. She had passionate commitments to the environment and was a member of the Clear Lake and Houston Sierra Clubs. In addition, Mary Lynn had lots of hobbies: tennis, water skiing, SCUBA diving, jogging, hiking, biking, cooking and reading. She loved all of them but tennis was her passion for over 35 years. She had an eye for beauty and took special pleasure in making her home and gardens welcoming andwarm. Many wonderful gatherings were enjoyed by family and friends in her home in El Lago, and at the cabin on Lake Travis. An important part of her life was her doggie friends: Cindy, Duke, Crackers,Honeybear, PoohBear, Tiffany, ChrissieMarie, and Bear.A Houston native and resident of El Lago for over 45 years, she attended St. Agnes Academy and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1956. She attended the University of Houston from Sept. 1956 until May 1958 and attended the U. of H. Clear Lake in 1975. When at the U of H in 56-58, she was cheerleader, the Basketball Queen (1958), two years yearbook beauty, a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Sweetheart of Phi Kappa. The family would like to extend special thanks to Ron White and staff at Regent Care Center in League City, Dr. Amy Hassan and staff at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Bay Area, with particular thanks to nurse H. L. Hill and the caring staff at AMED Hospice.
A Celebration of Life for Mary Lynn will be held November 11, 2012 in the ballroom at Cullen's American Grille, 11500 Space Center Blvd., Houston, TX 77059 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.