Mary Louise Amaro, age 74, passed away at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 from cancer after a battle of 28 months.

Mary was born August 18, 1939 in Seattle, Wash. to Murray R. Bartling and Pearl Jennie Brandt Bartling. She graduated from Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point, Ore. in 1957 and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. before starting a 40 year career in administration, secretarial, and Human Resources Management.

In the late 1960s, Mary was stationed for several years in Brussels, Belgium with the United States Mission to the European Economic Community in the office of the Ambassador, John W. Tuthill. Following her service with the State Department, Mary concentrated on a secretarial position with Afseth, Jacobs and Schmitz, an Architectural Firm of Medford, Ore. and then trained in Human Resources Management with the Veteran's Affairs Administration with assignments in South Carolina, Arizona, and White City, Ore. from which she retired in August of 1999.

During her early years of retirement, Mary and her Mother went on many cruises to Alaska. Mary enjoyed the company of The Antelope Club, volunteering at her church, St. John Lutheran in Eagle Point, serving with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League often representing the district at national conventions. She also remained active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Medford Chapter.

Mary married Melvin Vieira Amaro May 14, 2005. Some of her favorite activities were Genealogy, reading, crosswords, knitting, and her rescue dog, Junior. She enjoyed traveling, driving several times cross country with her husband even after her diagnosis.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Murray and Pearl Bartling and sisters, Jenifer Ordal (1997) and Eleanore Mekeel (1979). Mary is survived by husband, Mel; brothers, Richard (Toni) Bartling of Medford, Ore. andAndrew (Lynne) Bartling of Danville, Calif.; and sister, Carole (Michael) Thorogood of Paris, Tenn.

Pastor, Rev. Gary Clark of St. John Lutheran Church, Eagle Point, will officiate at Mary's funeral service, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Perl Funeral Home in Medford.

As frail as Mary's body was, her spirit remained strong and healthy, always striving to make those with her feel better. She leaves earth with a gentle sigh, a caress for those she loves, as her spirit soars beyond the sky, with Him - Oh, perfect love. (From Going Home, Margaret T. Jensen)