Mary Valentine, a neighbor of Elizabeth Gregory Home, left a significant gift to EGH in her will. We were surprised and delighted when we learned of her gift from her nephew, Alex Valentine. Although we never had the opportunity to meet her, Alex helped fill us in on her life.

Mary earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology and conducted post-doctoral research in immunology at the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. She came to Seattle to work at the University of Washington (UW), first as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Edward A. Clark, and later as an independent Research Assistant Professor of Microbiology. During her time at UW, she published over 20 papers, many in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.

People who knew Mary said she was enthusiastic, had a quick wit, wry sense of humor, and a very generous nature.  Mary loved animals and had several cats, as well as a horse named Roy. She enjoyed dressage and occasionally entered equestrian competitions.  She also pursued interests in hiking, mushroom hunting, cooking (and eating!), and playing the piano.

Mary volunteered for several years at the University District Food Bank, often collecting and delivering produce from the University Farmers’ Market. Mary learned about EGH by interacting with some of our clients who accessed services at the food bank.

“When I think of Mary, I see her with a smile on her face and a caring heart,” said one friend in Mary’s obituary.  “She was special.”

We are deeply grateful for Mary’s thoughtfulness and generosity, and send our heartfelt condolences to her family.

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