Mary Ellen Costa

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TRUCKEE, CALIF. — Mary Ellen (Muha) Costa was born on Jan. 3, 1965, in Springfield, Mass., to Andrew and Iris Muha. The youngest of four, she relished a close-knit family with her mother Iris Durland, sister Nancy Simpson, and brothers Drew Muha and Jeff Muha. Mary Ellen graduated from Alton High School as Valedictorian in 1983, the University of Illinois with a BA in Economics in 1987, and spent her career with Procter and Gamble in Dallas until 1997. She married Dow Costa (Alton, Ill.,) in 1990, and created her own loving family of three girls, Allison, Elizabeth and Emma Costa, who have lived in Truckee, Calif., since 2000. Mary Ellen was diagnosed with brain cancer in February 2003, but fought inspiringly until Feb. 2, 2014. Mary Ellen will long be remembered for the sparkle in her eyes, her ever-present smile, her love of music, her unwavering faith and the depth of her spirit. If "love is how you stay alive after you are gone," then Mary Ellen is very much alive…

A beautiful Celebration of Life service was held Feb. 8, 2014,at Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee, Calif. In lieu of flowers, honorariums can be made to:

1) Mary Ellen Costa Family Ed. Fund, Account # 542209115, Wells Fargo, PO Box 3488, Portland, OR 97208-3488 (or any local Wells Fargo)

2) , online at, Team "The Lucky Ones" (Mary Ellen's Team)

3) Or, raise your glass high, give to those in need, and in the name of Mary Ellen, "Let there be Dancing!"

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Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary
10126 Church St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-4342
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Published in The Telegraph from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2014
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