Mary Grace Leiby Wolfe from Redmond, WA passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023 at the age of 93. She was born on February 4, 1930 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania to Violet and Warren Leiby. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Warren and Violet, her husband Neil E. Wolfe (2010), sister Frances Leiby (1932) and brother Earl Leiby (2003). Mary is survived by her daughter Karla Ostlund (Patrick) of Bellevue, WA, son Paul Wolfe (Becky) of Centralia, WA and Lee Wolfe (Steffie) of Mount Laurel, NJ. Mary has 9 grandchildren: Sara, Brenna, Alex, Emma, Connor, Jakob, Macie, Jesse and Violet.
Mary grew up in Lebanon and graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Education. She went on to teach 3rd and 5th grade in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Mary married her high school sweetheart, Neil Wolfe on August 18, 1954 while he was on leave from the US Air Force. They enjoyed over 56 years of marriage together. Once Neil was discharged from the service and finished his education, he was employed with Boeing. Moving and raising three children became a way of life until Mary and Neil settled down in Bellevue, WA. Here Mary and Neil joined St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and Mary became a regular volunteer. Once the kids were older, Mary went back to school to become a medical transcriptionist. She worked for Group Health for 10 years before Mary and Neil retired to North Bend, WA and joined Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. During this time they enjoyed traveling the USA and Canada on Elder Hostel educational journeys.
Mary loved her grandchildren and enjoyed getting to know each one of them. You would regularly find her playing the piano for sing-a-longs, painting watercolors, drawing posters and watching kids sporting events.
A Memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th Street,
Bellevue, WA 98008, at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 3rd. Reception to follow. Mary will be buried with her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery in a private graveside service following the reception.
In lieu of flowers, Mary and the family request you make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.