Miriam Rowan Mallory|
Miriam Rowan Mallory (Mimi) was an inspiration for her family, but also for all who knew her, right up until the day she passed on December 18, 2016. She was an inspiration, not because she set out specifically to inspire others, but because of the positive spirit in which she lived her life, always determined to bring joy to others by embracing and participating in the majesty of the world and the diversity of the people who crossed her path.
There is no way to encapsulate the life or legacy of Mimi in so few words, for her life reflected her belief that one should never be complacent or ordinary. Even as she respected tradition, she welcomed change and taught her children to embrace both. She broke down gender barriers in her role as wife and mother to her four children. Before it was common, she lived as a partner to her husband, Dr. V. Standish Mallory (Stan), traveled the world, and gave her time to science and education, working for the University of Washington Office of Administration and Records and spending more than 35 years as a docent volunteering at the Burke Museum.
Mimi is survived by her three children, Ingrid Mallory (Eugene, OR), Stefan Mallory (Inchelium, WA), and Karl Mallory (Colville, WA). Her passing was preceded by her devoted husband, Stan, and her son, Peter.
She lived her life with a no-regrets attitude, demonstrated by her integrity, her grace, and her hallmark wit and humor, which she shared even on her last day at age 94. The gift she has left us, with her last note, is her reminder to always look for the beauty in life and to never give up: "If things get better with age," she said, "then I am approaching magnificence."
And correct she was; her magnificence will live on in all the lives she has touched.
A Celebration of Life for Mimi will be held in the Burke Room at THE BURKE MUSEUM on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 2-4 pm, program at 2:30pm.
In honor of Mimi's life and legacy, her family requests any donations be made in Mimi's name to:
University of Washington, Barbara Chapple Memorial Fund -Thomas Burke Museum, Gift Services, Box 359505, Seattle, WA 98195-9505
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 8, 2017