Mary George Sagehorn
Mary George Sagehorn passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25. For many, Mary was the person they called for advice, a prayer, and an engaging conversation. She treated everyone as an equal, and was always ready to meet new friends and travel to new places. Family and friends joked that Mary could not go on a trip without making a new best friend. She touched many lives, and she will be remembered as a loving friend, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Mary was born in Pomona, CA in 1927. The youngest of three siblings, Mary grew up on an orange grove in Southern California. She eventually headed north to attend UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Political Science. While attending UC Berkeley, Mary met her future husband, Howard T. Sagehorn. The couple wed in Southern California in August of 1949. Howard was the love of Mary’s life, and the two spent sixty-one wonderful years together.
Mary and Howard moved to Salinas after their marriage, where Mary worked as an elementary school teacher. After several years, the couple moved to Palo Alto. As long-time residents of Palo Alto, Mary and Howard purchased a home together and raised their three children there. Mary worked as a full-time mother for many years and consistently volunteered at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. After her children entered high school, Mary entered a new career in the travel business. Mary worked as a travel agent, and eventually she and her close friend, Hazel co-owned Page Mill Travel together. For those who knew Mary, her love of travel was a key element in her life. Mary never forgot her love of education, and she later taught classes at De Anza Community College.
Mary is survived by her children Tom, Ann, and Lynn, her grandchildren Rebecca, Sam, and Carolyn, and her great-grandson Bennett. She was fortunate to be surrounded by loving family and friends throughout her life. Family was everything to her. Mary’s generous and loving spirt will be missed by all who knew her.
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