On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, Mary Ann Libbey left this world and moved on to the next adventure, joining her husband (William H. Libbey) of 63 years.
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Moving to Stockton in 1955, as a young wife and, mother of two little girls, she served as the second John R. Williams Elementary School PTA President, she was a Girl Scout Leader for not only her own girls' troops, but a number of other troops after her girls left the Girl Scouts. She was active in PEO. She was a lover of flowers and as an award-winning flower arranger; Mary Ann was a long time member of the Stockton Garden Club and Designing Women. Junior Aid/League was a large part of her life and she was a founding member of the Park Woods Bridge Group.
As a sustaining member of Junior League, she continued to participate in a variety of their civic activities; once a month, she read to students at Wagner Holt Elementary School; she played bridge in a number of groups, all the while living as an active contributor to the culture at O'Connor Woods.
Mary Ann Libbey grew up in Pasadena, California enjoying the Southern California life style at the beach, working on the floats for the Rose Parades. She worked for Linus Pauling at Cal Tech, where she met her husband, Bill Libbey. They married in 1946.
Mary Ann Libbey didn't serve in the Senate, didn't negotiate Middle East peace or lead a great nation, but, her life on this earth was every bit as significant. She made policy, calmed troubled waters, and gracefully and graciously shared her generosity, optimism, warmth, charm and her gratitude with everyone she encountered.
She was a remarkable woman. She is timeless and ageless. She will be missed. She's survived by her daughters Susan Libbey and Nancy Libbey Mills, grandchildren, Molly Winsor, Allison and Aaron Carr, Will Emigh and Katie Emigh, and great grandchildren, Jack Winsor, Caroline Winsor, Harper Carr and Henry Carr, sister, Betty Jo Milldrum, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Meredith and Richard Libbey, Charley, and a cast of thousands of adoring fans.
We're all certain that somewhere, in the Great Palladium in the Sky, Fred and Ginger, together again, are dancing to the sounds of the Big Bands and loving every minute.
Her family would like to invite you to a celebration of her life, at O'Connor Woods, on Friday, August 30th at 11AM.
Contributions can be made to the O'Connor Woods Landscape fund in memoriam for Mary Ann or Hospice of San Joaquin.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, 2013