June 2, 1941 — Nov. 1, 2017
Mary Louise (Paetow) Hale died from pneumonia on Nov. 1, 2017, at the age of 76. She passed peacefully, with her family at her side.
Mary was born on June 2, 1941, in Astoria, Oregon. The daughter of Louise and Bill Paetow, Mary spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1959, and earned her associate’s degree from Clark College in 1961, before completing a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification at the University of Washington.
She married Donald Jay Hale on Sept. 17, 1961, in Vancouver, Washington, and in 1967 they moved to Everett, Washington.
Mary taught in the Bellevue School District, the Everett School District, and at Edmonds Community College (EdCC) for 25 years. After retiring from the EdCC faculty in January 2002, she served as the college’s interim vice president for instruction for three years. Mary loved her work and her many good friends at EdCC.
Mary strongly believed in serving her community. Over the decades, she was a tireless volunteer: Snohomish County League of Women Voters; Planned Parenthood of Snohomish County; Everett Planning Commission; Everett Civil Service Commission; Greater Everett Community Foundation; Schack Art Center capital campaign committee: Edmonds Community College Foundation board; and many, many more.
Mary was passionate about politics — a “political junkie” — and chaired and coordinated, as well as served on, a number of local and national political campaigns.
She was an enthusiastic gardener, a nonstop reader and book collector, an organizer of frequent family get-togethers, and a loving grandmother to Margaret and Violet, ages 12 and 9. Her daughters will remember most her energy, her commitment to community and charity, and her love of books and learning.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Paetow and Louise (Ihander) Paetow; daughter, Rachel Hale; sister, Kaylene (Paetow) Powell; brother, Chris Paetow; niece, Barbara Nehler; and most recently by her brother-in-law, Terry Powell, who passed on Monday, Oct. 30.
She is survived by beloved spouse, Don Hale; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hale; daughter, Sarah Hale Palaia; sons-in-law, Umesh Madan and Tom Palaia; granddaughters, Margaret and Violet Palaia; nieces and nephews, Steve Hale, Dale Nehler, Kiki Hale Horne, Kristin Tennant and Dan Nehler; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held for Mary at the Everett Golf & Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a brief eulogy at 3 p.m. There will be food, drink and happy memories. All are welcome.