Mary Lou Neff was born to Leo and Mary Darby on November 26, 1955, in Mount Vernon, Washington. She passed away February 12, 2022, after a four-and-a-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mary attended her first 12 years of education in her hometown of La Conner,Washington, graduating from La Conner High School with honors. Her education continued at Yakima Valley Community College for two years, again graduating with honors in Law Enforcement Documents.
In 1981, Mary moved to Olympia and began employment with the Washington State Patrol as a Fingerprint Technician. She was promoted in 1983 to Fingerprint Supervisor. In 2006, she retired as a Division Commander after serving the Patrol for 29 years.
In 1984, Mary met her future husband, Thomas Neff married, and they were married on September 25, 1985, in Olympia.
Mary's passion for music spanned 45 years of singing, performing, and directing two Sweet Adelines choruses, Olympia and Kitsap Pines. Her love for all the participants and many quartets she sang in was endless and will always be remembered.
Mary's first love in life was her family; she is survived by husband, Tom; daughter, Susan Hollowell (Rich); son, Brad Neff (Patty); five granddaughters, Rachel Roark (Moses), Cassandra Bullion (Alexx), Taylor Hollowell, Brandi Neff and Becki Neff; five great-granddaughters; one great-grandson, and two great-great-granddaughters; her sister, Jane Chase (Tim); nephews, Levi Chase and David Chase; and niece, Heidi Chase. Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Darby in 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Olympia Sweet Adelines at P.O. Box 11794, Olympia, WA 98508-1794
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at South Sound Manor, 445 North Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501.
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