July 5, 1935 — May 24, 2013
Mary Lee Wilbur passed away at her home on Friday, May 24, 2013; she was 77 years old.
Mary was born on July 5, 1935, in Oakland, to Henry and Elena Pierotti. She grew up in a tight Italian community and attended UC Berkley, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in art, creating the foundation from which she built a lifelong passion for watercolor. She won several awards at the county fair and her artwork could be seen at various locations around town.
Mary met Pete Wilbur a few years after college, when the two were neighbors in Hayward. After moving to Yuba City, they finally settled in Davis, where Pete finished out his career and Mary worked as a teacher. Mary had a deep love for working with children and taught school off and on for over 30 years. She also sold real estate in Davis for Harrison, Re/Max and Lyon Realty. Pete and Mary also enjoyed traveling and shared many adventures together up until her illness made it difficult to do so.
Mary devoted much of her time to various charities and her family. She was also extremely active in the Catholic Church and participated in various programs with the church during her life. Her spirituality often guided her in tough times and provided her with peace toward the end of her life. Those close to her appreciated her ability to listen and give wonderful advice. She was never quick to judge and always showed compassion for those less fortunate or unable to defend themselves. She often ignored her own needs to help others. Mary will be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Pete Wilbur; two sons, Paul and Michael; daughters-in-law Mardelle and Karyn; five grandchildren, Nathan, Anna, Maren, Abby and Sara; and one great-grandchild, Ijah.
A Mass will begin at 1 p.m Wednesday, June 12, at Saint James Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, with a reception immediately following in the social hall. The public is invited to both events to honor and celebrate Mary’s life.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617, or the charity of the donor’s choice.