Mary Elizabeth Vandenberg, 88, of Medford, Ore., passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013, surrounded by her sister, Ethel and close friends.

She was born October 26, 1924, in Hoopeston, Ill. the daughter of Walter and Sara Dessa Vandenberg. She was preceded in death by both parents; and brothers, Wilbur, Edgar, and Robert Dale Vandenberg.

Mary was a lifetime healthcare provider by serving her country through the GI nursing program, graduating University of Illinois, and then received her masters from University of Denver. The bulk of her career was in the Portland, Ore. area establishing and overseeing many field-related programs in family counseling. She was named Oregon Social Worker of the Year in 1981.

In 1988 Mary retired to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford.

Surviving are her siblings, Ethel (John) Veach, of Medford, and Daniel (Mary) Vandenberg, of Hoopeston, Il..; and several nieces and nephews.