April 26, 1951 - March 2, 2021
Mary Helen Tigan Lynn, age 69, passed away at home, surrounded by family and held in love. She used some of her last breath to say "I love you." Mary was born to a family with four other siblings and two loving parents in Rochelle, Illinois, where she grew up until riding the Zephyr Train with her family out to California as a teen. She spent most of her life in the Bay Area, made lifelong friendships, found her spiritual home, had a thriving career in sales and had three daughters and one grandson. She spent the last years of her life in Reno, Nevada, out in her and her sister's garden that they so lovingly tended together, watching the birds and growing flowers. Her quiet time in that garden, with nature, brought her so much joy. Mary knew how to appreciate the little things and she never lost her special spark, her love of life. She loved being a mother and a grandmother and adored all of the many children that blessed her life through her vibrant community. Mary inspired all of those around her with the resilience and gratitude she embodied even in the face of the many challenges she went through. She never gave up on her joy of life and her eyes always carried such a beautiful light. She will be remembered with profound love and will live on through her three daughters, her grandson, her siblings and all of her dear friends and community. She will be remembered in the birdsongs, the gentle breeze, the clear waters, the gardens and the sunshine. We love you beloved Mary. View the online memorial for Mary Lynn
Published by The Mercury News on Jul. 25, 2021.