She married Richard Helgemo in 1947 and had three children, Richard, Janice and Dorothy. Richard and Mary left Downey in 1971 and retired to Bonsall. Mary was a founding member of the Bonsall Women’s Club.
A few years after Richard’s death in 1990, Mary moved to Rancho Monserate. She was the first female president and held other positions on the board of directors. She also was a volunteer for many years at Fallbrook Hospital.
Mary was an amazing mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all who knew her. She was selfless and would do anything for anyone…and did. Recognition wasn’t important to her. Random acts of kindness and generosity were her nature. She was a true patriot and loved dogs.
She passed at home and her family was with her. As difficult as it is not to have her physical presence, we know her work here on earth was done. Rest in peace, Mary, the world was a much better place with you in it.
Mary’s survivors are her children, Richard Helgemo (Gerry), Jan Carver and Dorothy Eck (Dave); her four grandchildren, Randy (Cyndi), Eric (Christine), Gina (Eric), Lea (Rudy); eight great-grandchildren, Alexis (Will), Megan, Nathan, Will, Becca, David, Wyatt, and Ryder and one great-great-grandson, Kaleb.
A celebration of life will be held in Fallbrook at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 14 at Rancho Monserate, 4650 Dulin Road. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a donation to Patriotic Service Dog Foundation in memory of Mary.