MARY ROUSH

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MARY ROUSH, 81, passed away on the evening of Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Her heart stopped, she took two gentle breaths, and then peacefully went into the waiting arms of her daddy, Adolph, her mother, Ruth, and her beloved daughter, Karen. She cherished her husband of 61 years, Skip, and her five remaining children, Kathy Myatt, Kris Roush, Kim Roush, Mike Roush, and Kay Hosford and all of their spouses, Alan Myatt, DD Boone, Jeanne Gottschalk, Susan Roush, and Ricky Hosford. Mary adored her younger brother, Bob Shay. Of course, her grandchildren, Carrie Myatt, Tom Roush and Kate Roush were very dear to her. When they were little she delighted in teaching them the Andy Williams song, “Sing a Rainbow.”

Mary Helen Shay was born on Aug. 17, 1931 in Duluth, MN. She was raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from St. Mary’s of the Springs Academy. She met Skip at a pharmacy soda fountain in Columbus and they were married in 1951. She loved the Air Force life from 1952 to 1957. Skip was a pilot with the Strategic Air Command. During that time, they lived in Malden, MO; Enid, OK; San Antonio, TX; Bangor, ME; Austin, TX; and Columbus, OH. With four children in tow, they moved to Detroit, MI to begin Skip’s career in the hospitality business. Michael was born there, and then it was on to Arlington, VA, where Kay was born and Skip began his long career with Marriott Hotels.

Mary was very active in Newcomer’s Clubs wherever she lived. When the family moved to Philadelphia, she became the Founder of the Valley Forge Chapter of Sweet Adelines. She loved barbershop harmony. In fact, indeed, “mama sang bass.” Mary was also active in Sweet Adelines while living in St. Louis, Denver, and finally with the Tucson Desert Harmony chorus in Tucson. Mary loved music; she played the piano and the organ, but that barbershop pitch pipe was her favorite.

While living in Denver, CO, Mary received her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College and then her master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her psychotherapy private practice, Colorado Recovery Group. She provided individual and group counseling while also conducting weekend intensive workshop retreats for adult children of alcoholics and their families. She reached hundreds, perhaps thousands of people through her workshops and counseling. Mary developed the Family Treatment Program for the Cottonwood Treatment Centers and she worked for many years with Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse at Onsite, as a group therapist. With her private practice thriving in Denver, Mary traveled to Russia as an addictions specialist and provided treatment consultation with providers there. Mary lived in Estes Park, CO, during a few semi-retirement years, while she continued to do volunteer work.

Skip and Mary moved to Green Valley in 1998. Mary was one of the founders of the Green Valley Women’s Conference. She also served as the president of the board of directors for Casa Community Services (formerly Casa de Esperanza). She was an active volunteer at La Posada, where she lived. Mary was very active in 12-step recovery programs in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Denver, and Green Valley. She was a dear friend of Bill W’s for over 44 years. She has just finished the book about her life titled, “Feel, Deal, Heal: The First Eighty Years are the Hardest.” At her 70th birthday, one of her daughters asked, “Well, mom, you’re 70 now. What have you learned about Life; what is it all about?” “Love… It’s all about love” was her simple answer. She lived that answer every day through her kindness toward strangers and her deep affection for her many beloved friends and family members. Dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, cousin, and sponsor, “know that you are loved.”

The Visitation will be held at the Green Valley Mortuary and Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the church immediately after the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Casa Community Services, sent to La Posada Foundation, 350 E. Morningside Road, Green Valley, AZ, 85614.



Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Sept. 4, 2012
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