MARY KUELTHAU MACKINTOSH

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MARY KUELTHAU MACKINTOSH Our loving, beloved, feisty, passionate Mary, 80, passed away all too soon on June 16th, 2013, after a brief illness. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she spent the last 44 years under the azure skies of northern New Mexico where she single-handedly raised her three children. A graduate of Smith College, she brought intense curiosity to everything she did. Writer of poetry, creator and designer of uniquely special homes, and a certified bibliophile, she was a dedicated volunteer for the Friends of the Library for 32 years. She always found the right book for the right person at the right time. Little pieces of sunshine, her grandson called them. An ardent environmentalist, she instinctually lived and breathed conservation. To her it was not a sacrifice, it was the best way to live harmoniously in this environment. Her rugged, pioneering spirit led her down many long forgotten, stony roads. With Finlay, her beloved Scotsman, she spent 18 misty summers on the slopes of the Beara Peninsula in SW Ireland, restoring a traditional cottage. She always felt at home among the stone circles, colorful towns, craggy shores, and welcoming nature of the Irish - who adopted her as one of their own. With her tennis passion behind her, most recently a perfect day consisted of practicing t'ai chi, filling bird feeders, vigorously hiking the arroyos with a patchwork of dogs, tending all plants indoors and out, devouring an entire volume of Mary Oliver or finishing a biography, and exclaiming about the red crossbill seen at dusk. Her steadfast groundedness in life and broad world-view were cultivated by her commitment to Tibetan Buddhism, her deep appreciation of American Indian thought, and her extensive global meanderings (with various family members in tow). She leaves behind two daughters, Felicity Broennan and Eliza Kuelthau, and Eliza's partner Craig Hansen, all of Santa Fe; her son Camron Kuelthau, his wife Laurie and their two sons Ben and Will Kuelthau of Boulder, CO; her sisters Ann Vogel (Fredrick) and Susan Quinn (Terry); several nieces and nephews; her shadow kitty companion Maui, beloved coyote dog companion Apache, six-foot tomato plants, pink-blossomed geraniums and a night blooming cereus bud. No words can describe losing our greatest blessing. She will always be with us. A family remembrance was held on the summer solstice. Our deepest appreciation and thanks to all who have so kindly supported us during this time. Donations in Mary's memory can be made to the Friends of the Library or the Santa Fe Watershed Association.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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