Mary Roberts Ripley
March 19, 1915-Jan. 27, 2016
Portola Valley, California
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Mary Ripley has been a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley for over 25 years. A graduate of Marlborough School in Los Angeles, she dedicated her life to volunteering around the world.
Mary was the 1959 Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year. She was a founding member of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU).
She served on local, state and national boards of California Children's Home Society, California Heart Association, Planned Parenthood, and the Global Fund for Women.
In 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., she received the American Women for International Understanding Life-Time Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.
She has traveled to every major city on every continent, ridden a camel in the deserts of Egypt, an elephant in India. She has spoken around the world on topics relating to mental health issues, prenatal care, child welfare, leadership and women's advocacy.
Mary is survived by her sons William of Azusa, California, and Alexander of Mukilteo, Washington; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
The memorial will be at the Sequoias, Portola Valley, February 13, from 3 to 4 PM with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers a donation in Maryâ€™s memory may be made to AWIU, IAVE the Global Fund for Women or Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
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