In memory of
Mary Elizabeth Overby
In memory of
Mary Elizabeth Overby
Mary Elizabeth Overby Jan. 31, 1936 - April 10, 2017 After a brave 10 year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Mary Elizabeth Overby, 81, passed away April 10, 2017, surrounded by her loving children. Born in Many, La., Mary left her small town life as a young woman to travel and see the world. And see it she did; living in Europe, South Korea and many places in between. During her lifetime, she gave her all as a mother, professional woman, trip planner, entertainer, loving grandmother, wine connoisseur, chief organizer, hiking leader, model IPF patient and the Bananagrams and Words with Friends Champion of our family! After retirement, Mary moved to Green Valley, Ariz. where she spent countless hours hiking in the majestic Madera Canyon. As her disease progressed, the altitude of Green Valley became a struggle and she relocated herself to Portland, but it was the beautiful scenery and quiet life of Manzanita that really captured her heart. In her last months, she moved one final time, to be near her loving family in Tampa, Fla. Mary believed in manners, hard honest work, fairness, forgiveness and doing the right thing. She believed in second chances, being organized and being on time! What she did not do was whine, make excuses or focus on what could NOT be done. If she willed it to happen, it would. Mary Sunshine, as she was often called, was adored and she will be missed dearly. She is survived by her three children, Roger Lynn Overby (Susan Larkin), Tamera Elizabeth Overby (Jacky Longwell), Sandi Overby Kwak (Peter); former daughters-in-law, Lisa Brock (Farrukh Quraishi) and Eve Overby; her grandchildren, Amber Brinkley (Darren), Cody and Cheyenne Overby, George (Shea) and Joanna Quraishi, Bret and Lindsay Larkin, Gracie and Riley Kwak; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Charlie Brinkley. The family will hold a private celebration and will later spread her ashes along her favorite hiking trails. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60607 or online at https://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/MaryElizabethOverby/ Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits ... Show More
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