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Mary Elizabeth Anderson Covington


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Mary Elizabeth Anderson Covington Obituary
MARY ELIZABETH ANDERSON COVINGTON 7/19/1920 - 6/24/2016 Mary was born in Allen, Nebraska to Dr. Robert and Pearl Anderson. Dr. Anderson was the founder of the Children's Dental Clinic in Long Beach. Mary grew up in Long Beach, California, surviving the 1933 earthquake, and graduating from Long Beach Poly High School in 1938 where she was commencement speaker and class valedictorian. She continued her education at the University of Redlands, being active in Alpha Sigma Pi sorority, SPURS (national sophomore women's service organization), and graduating in 1942. It was at the U of R that she met and fell in love with Robert (Bob) Covington. He was a member of Pi Chi fraternity and U of R. student body president. They were married in Long Beach's First Congregational Church on June 19, 1942. Mary moved to Redlands in 1948 when Robert accepted a position with the Planning Department of San Bernardino County. Robert later was Administrative Officer/ CAO of San Bernardino County. Mary was busy raising their family which included daughters Ruth Ann and Janey and son, Jim, but was also involved in the community with charter membership in P.E.O. chapter PK, church responsibilities in the First Congregational Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church, the Y.W.C.A., the Contemporary Club, and home teaching through the Redlands School District. She was a charter member of the Inland Empire Chapter of Childhelp. In 1975, the Covington's welcomed into their family a lovely Vietnamese family, Thanh Pham, Nhung Nguyen and their children, with whom they have remained close. In 1976, with the encouragement of daughter, Ruth Ann and her husband Dick, the Covington's purchased Campfire Lodge Resort in West Yellowstone, Montana and spent summers operating the resort for vacationers until 1983. The family have been summer residents ever since and Montana held a special place in Mary's heart. In 1982, Mary was honored by inclusion into the Teachers Hall of Fame located at the San Bernardino County Museum. In 2003 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Redlands. In December 2003, Mary moved to Plymouth Village in Redlands where she thoroughly enjoyed the writer's class. Writing had always been a special talent of Mary's, along with her creative character drawings. Family was of special importance to Mary. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert (2002), and survived by sister Ruth Weaver (Long Beach); daughters Ruth Ann (Don/ Redlands), Janey (Jack/ Torrance); son Jim (Dale/ Big Bear), and grandchildren Holly (Greg), Russell (Melissa), Janene (Jason), John (Loni), Mary (Brian), Ellie (Hien), Billy (Katie), Christopher, Cathleen (Gary), and April (Tony). Mary's great grandchildren include Ben, Louisa, Grace, Aubrey, Taylor, Hunter, Sawyer, Kaius, Aidan, Elise, Solace, Melody, Mason, Joey, and Isabella. Mary gave of herself to others, loved people and would share life giving guidance for any problems. She would amaze people when asking about all of their children and grandchildren. She was a feisty lady and had definite views about the world situation and did not hesitate to give her opinion. Socially, she enjoyed giving tea parties for friends, planning special George Washington parties, forming the Redlands Dance Club with her husband, Bob, and Light Opera Club. She and Bob funded scholarships for University of Redlands students for many years. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 51 W. Olive Ave., Redlands, CA on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers please make donations to: Children's Dental Health Clinic, 455 Columbia St., Suite 32, Long Beach, CA 90806, Attn: Barbara Lieberman-Jones, Memorial for Mary Anderson Covington or The Redlands Symphony, 1200 E. Colton Ave., P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373 in memory of Mary Anderson Covington.


Published in Press-Enterprise on July 7, 2016
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