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DEAN, MARY June 24, 1926 to October 26, 2012 Mary went to be with the Lord last week after losing a hard-fought battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully after receiving excellent care from Kaiser Hospice. Mary came to the San Diego area from North Dakota in 1945 as part of assisting in the war effort. She met and married her husband, Eugene, a naval shipfitter who later became a Chula Vista firefighter. They settled in Chula Vista and raised two children as Mary worked at a bank and eventually worked for the City of Chula Vista. After retiring in 1976, they moved to Nebraska where Eugene became a fire chief and Mary became a community college instructor. The couple returned to Chula Vista in 1986 and, in her third career, Mary worked for the Port of San Diego at Lindbergh field. Mary was preceeded in death by both her husband and her daughter, Janet. She is survived by her son, Jeff, and his wife, Carol. Mary also leaves three happy and successful grandchildren, Kellie, Amy and Erik. Also missing her will be Amy's husband Brett and their daughter Hailey, as well as Erik's wife, Whitney. She will also be missed by her cousin, Warren, who still lives locally. Mary leaves other beloved relatives in the Fresno area and in North Dakota as well as a host of great friends throughout San Diego. In recent years, Mary enjoyed being a volunteer, logging many hours at the Traveler's Aid booths at the airport and cruise ship terminal. She also volunteered at the Mission Trails Regional Park. In addition to enjoying her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, she was able to fulfill other dreams including travelling abroad to England, Scotland, Spain and also to Washington, D.C. Mary moved to The Highlands Mobile Home Park in 2003 and became active with many wonderful friends and neighbors there. They, too, will all miss her greatly. A small, private celebration of life is being planned for her. At Mary's request, she will be interred in her home town of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 4, 2012
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