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Maryanne Mulford

Maryanne Mulford

Tuesday, February 27th, 1945 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Maryanne Botta Mulford passed away peacefully at her home in Bonita Springs, Florida on Thursday November 12th, 2020 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Her loving husband of 52 years, Douglas Mulford, and her daughter, Kathy Dimmick held her hands as she went to be with the Lord.

Maryanne was born to Robert Botta and Helene McGuinley Botta in Baltimore, Maryland on February 27, 1945. She met the man that would be her life partner, Douglas Mulford at the tender age of 13 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. They were high school sweethearts and were married on April 20, 1968. Their only child, Kathy was born 9 months later.

Maryanne received her bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in 1967. She did graduate work at Ohio State and San Jose State University. Maryanne lived in the San Francisco, Bay Area with her family where she worked in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries as a Regulatory Consultant until she retired in 1996.

Upon Retirement, Maryanne & Doug moved to Bonita Springs, Florida. Maryanne was an avid tennis player and golfer. She was passionate about giving back and donated her time to numerous organizations such as Hope Hospice & Pet Partners. Maryanne spent years bringing her beloved Golden Retrievers, Linzi and Penny to help relax children as they read books as well as to bring comfort to those in hospice care. Maryanne also loved to read and cherished the time spent with the ladies of her Ya-Ya book club. Everyone who knew Maryanne, loved her.

Maryanne and her daughter Kathy had an incredibly special bond. Kathy blessed Maryanne with two beautiful grandchildren. Her granddaughter Grace was born in 2003 and her grandson Ryan followed in 2005. The love she shared with Kathy and her kids was beyond special. From building sandcastles on the beach in Turks and Caicos, to running around Disneyworld, their time was spent laughing and loving life.

Maryanne’s true passion in life was travelling the world with her loving husband, Doug. Together they saw the Great Wall of China, England, Germany, France, & Spain. They spent weeks on an African Safari, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef and cruised through the Mediterranean. Their life together was nothing short of magical.

Maryanne was unexpectedly diagnosed with late stage four metastatic cancer in December of 2017. Maryanne fought the disease with the same vigor that she lived her life. Her grateful spirit and the love of her family enabled her to have three “bonus years” that were filled with love, laughter and healing in a way that only God could provide. Maryanne’s beautiful spirit touched everyone that she ever met. She will be dearly missed on this earth and her family has tremendous peace in knowing that Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

Maryanne is survived by her husband, Douglas Mulford, her daughter Kathy Dimmick, her Grandchildren Grace and Ryan Dimmick as well as her sister Helene B. Williams.

Maryanne chose not to have a public service. Her family will gather in Maui in the near future to scatter her ashes. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Florida.
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Carol Robins

Posted at 01:55am
Maryanne was in my 5th grade class at Muhlenberg School in Allentown. Everyone adored her because she was so petite, bright, and cute. I got to see her and Doug at our recent Allen High School reunions. Very sorry for the family's loss. ---Carol J. Robins, in Philadelphia.
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Judy Fairchildlddldd

Posted at 03:48pm
Dear Doug and Kathy,

I just read your loving email to Betty Ann. I am very sad to hear that Maryanne passed away. She had a hard 3 year struggle and feel it is a blessing that she is at peace now and in a better place.

I wish I could see her again in Durango next spring. I would take her over to the tennis courts and invite her to join in a game of pickleball. Bet she would have loved it!!

Take care, Kathy and Doug. I hope you will let a little sunshine into your lives and keep all your happy memories close to your heart.

Fondly and with blessings,

Judy Fairchild

Deborah Huston

Posted at 11:27am
My husband, Norm, and I met Doug and Maryann playing golf at the Cliffs. The rapport was immediate and we enjoyed many rounds of golf and many dinners out. Maryann was kind, fun and absolutely in love with Doug and her family. We think often of the small joys they shared, such as shouting "yippee" when they both parred a hole. We still say that, now with not only fond memories, but with thoughts and prayers for Doug and the entire family. God bless. Deb Huston and Norm Stumberg.
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Nancy Barr

Posted at 03:13pm
Knowing Maryanne was to know a friend with quiet grace, good humor and fun to be around. She will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts with fond memories that will always bring a smile. I extend my deepest sympathy to her loving family.
Nancy Barr
 
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Kathy Dimmick Posted at 03:51pm

Thank you Nancy! What a perfect description of my beautiful mom!!

Connie Krimm

Posted at 02:09pm
My husband Richard and I were fortunate to have met Doug and Maryanne on a Oceania Cruise to Bali in 2017. They were the type of people that you easily connected to. We enjoyed many dinners with them on the ship. The video shows them at dinner one evening where we celebrated my husbands birthday.

Our hearts go out to both Doug and Kathy at this difficult time. Just always remember what a blessing and joy Maryanne was in everyone’s life. She will be greatly missed. 🥰
 
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Kathy Dimmick Posted at 05:57pm

Thanks for that sweet video! They both loved meeting you and spoke of that trip so often. She truly was a gift and a blessing!!
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