Edith Mary Stokes died of cancer on April 1, 2006 in Eureka, Calif. Mary was born in Arcata, Calif. on September 27, 1950 to John and Edith Stokes. Mary was the middle of five children. She and her sisters and brother passed many happy years playing in the neighborhood around her parents' home at 13th and I Streets. She attended Arcata schools and graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Philosophy.
Mary had many interests and affections that were eclectic and intense. She loved her daughter, Anna, her family, her friends, good food, art, music, literature, travel, shopping, and gardening. She was a good cook and many will remember with great pleasure her jambalaya, baked beans, fried chicken, lemon curd and pepper jelly. Mary also had a remarkable talent for interior decoration, priding herself on her ability to repair and paint other people's castoffs. Her last residence was in Medford, Ore. where she was busy with her recently purchased old house.
Mary was involved in politics from an early age. She was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party. She supported Pat Brown in the "Sweep the State in '58" campaign as well as Eugene McCarthy ten years later. In the last presidential election, Mary volunteered for John Kerry, and was very proud of having met him.
Always gregarious, Mary had an extraordinary capacity for friendship, and it served her well at the end. Many of her friends from childhood visited and helped her, as she had helped others.
Mary Stokes is survived by her daughter, Anna Stokes; her siblings, Katherine Morehouse, John Stokes, Lucy Stokes and Emily Rowe. She is also survived by her nephew and niece, Sam Ward and Catherine Stokes; and her aunts and numerous cousins. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on April 15th at the Wharfinger Building, — Marina Way, Eureka.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Humboldt, the Eureka Rescue Mission, Food for People or any organization that works for social justice.
Mary's family wishes to thank Cory Spencer M.D. and Hospice of Humboldt for the wonderful care they gave Mary.