Mary Annette "Teddy" Eggert Usack, of Kent, Wash., formerly of Bellevue, passed away on June 17, 2013, after an extended illness.
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Mary was born Oct. 24, 1924, to Carl and Frances Eggert in Seattle, Wash., and attended St. Nicholas School and the University of Washington where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
She was keen on botany as a student and later was a member of the American Orchid Society and grew orchids for enjoyment for many years winning a number of awards.
She was proud of her family heritage, including being part of a pioneer family of Seattle where the Eggerts settled prior to the great fire in 1889 and owned a shoe company.
She and her late husband, Kenneth John Usack, had many happy years spending winters on the big island of Hawaii after his retirement.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ken, in 2004.
She is survived by her four children, Lynne Larson, of Cashtown, Pa., Michele (Mike) Suttle, of Florence, Ala., Richard (Patti) Usack, of Kent, Wash., and Robert (Victoria) Usack, of Gig Harbor, Wash.
Mary also leaves six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Sara Larson (Brad Stuart) and daughters, Eleanor and Phoebe, of Westminster, Md., Katherine (Nathan) Weinert and daughter, Cecilia, of Birmingham, Ala., Rebecca (Jerry) Crabb and daughter, Hailey, of Florence, Ala., Daniel Usack and daughter, Mackenzie, of Kent, Wash., Theresa Usack, of Auburn, Wash., and Leah Usack, of Peoria, Ariz.
While all of us deeply miss our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, we know she is now in the best place she can be. We are very thankful for the care she has received from her doctors and caregivers, especially Dr. Stacey Donlan, the caregivers of Andelcare, caregivers and staff at Arbor Village in Kent and her team from Providence Hospice.
A private service will be conducted for the family in Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to do so make a donation to the
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Published in Florence Times Daily on July 14, 2013