Mary O'Rell


Mary O'Rell
Aug. 14, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2011

Mary Helen O'Rell (Davis), born eight days after the death of her father, Alfred William Davis, Mary was raised in Walla Walla by her mother, Helen C. Davis, and grandparents, Franklin L. and Mildred Googins. She leaves behind husband, Bill O'Rell; Cindi Anderson, Jevin Edger, Kevin O'Rell, Glenn and Wendy O'Rell, Michael and Dana O'Rell, four grandchildren, and many friends, nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Helen C. Davis; and brother, James L. Davis.

After graduation from Walla Walla High School in 1951 she began her drafting career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its cartographic/mapping section. Later relocated to the Tri-Cities, where she worked as a designer in the Vitro Engineering Piping department prior to becoming an outstanding graphics artist and illustrator. Mary retired from the Westinghouse/Boeing Co. in 1988.

Mary enjoyed the chance to express her creativity and artistic talent. This facet of Mary's personality was apparent in all of her many interests. Mary was hooked on theater and was involved in many clubs and organizations: Richland Light Opera, Richland Players, producer of The Tailspinners Children Theater. Mary's multi-interests included the Richland Genealogy Society, Friends of The Library, family travels, boating, camping, collecting "Wizard of Oz " and vintage children's books. Of course there was golf at many golf clubs. The Tri-Cities Country Club ladies group was very special to her with all of the activities, her role as its photographer, and as representative for the Washington State Grandmothers Association.

We would like thank: the Squires Residence of Kennewick and the Lower Valley Hospice for their compassionate service.

A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, from 3-5 p.m., at Memories Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland.

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