I met Mary 4 or 5 years ago. I saw her every six weeks to put fairy hair into her hair. She was always so kind and had such a gentle spirit. She would talk of her life with Walter and of course with Cotton. I am very thankful that I got to meet and become friends with Mary. I always wanted to tell Mary she didn’t need fairy hair. She had her own personal sparkle that people saw when they met her.
Mary was a great friend and an excellent mentor. She was a fearless advocate for self-care and taught me so much about making social justice work sustainable. She was loved and will be missed, but most importantly she will be remembered. She once told me that the hardest part about losing Walter was that people were afraid to talk about him and that’s all she wanted. She wanted the stories, she wanted the memories to stay vibrant. I think she would want us all to do the same for her. I have many tales, and my favorites all involve us eating pancakes at Weathervane. Sending love to all of you.