Mary Alice Gleim Bianco, age 71, died at Whatcom Hospice House on September 19, 2012.
She was born on January 14, 1941 in Portsmouth, Ohio and was raised in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Betlingham, Washington.
The family will receive guests following the service in the Great Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the St. Paul's Aim's Ministry at 2117 Walnut Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225.
Mary Alice earned her bachelor degree in MusicNocal Performance from the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and taught elementary music in the Cincinnati public schools. She then combined her joy for music with her passion for helping others in a career that spanned almost two decades as an activities director working with the elderly in nursing homes in Buffalo, New York and Kettering, Ohio.
Mary Alice was a devoted wife and mother. She loved coffee in the mornings, quiet, hidden gardens and could find the natural beauty of a scenic "vista" in the most unlikely places. She enjoyed National Public Radio, appreciated music from bluegrass to blues, and shared her love of history and a "good story told" as a tour guide at the Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina.
A lifelong interest in religion and spirituality led to her late life enrollment in the Episcopal Church's Education For Ministry (EFM) course. Mary Alice was an adventurer who, in the last year of her life, also explored her family's heritage throughout Italy and Germany.
Mary Alice is survived by her two sons, Kenneth Robert of Savannah, Georgia and Christopher Robert of Bellingham, Washington; daughters-in-law Kelly and Laurie Bianco; four grandchildren, Sarah Marie, Samuel Alexander, Sophia Christine and Elena Lorenz; two sisters Sharon and Stella; one brother David; seven nieces and four nephews; two grand nieces and six grand nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 3, at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Episcopal Church 2404 Highway 70E, New Bern, NC
Friends will share memories following the service in the Parish Hall.