Connecticut born, that unique New England "reserve" influenced her life, family members said. She had strong values and principles, and a fierce loyalty to her faith, family and friends, they said.
She graduated from nursing school and during hospital rounds met her future husband, Mac. They married and moved to the Bay Area, where he began his practice as an anesthesiologist at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and Stanford.
They built their home 52 years ago in Portola Valley, where she raised her family and became involved in the community. She flourished as a librarian, gardener, florist, Ikebana master, and loyal San Francisco Giants fan, the family said.
She spent many years working and performing volunteer work at the Portola Valley Library, and was a longstanding parishioner of Our Lady of the Wayside.
A great sense of humor and good laugh, a quickened step, and a bit of animation showed her fun character, say family members.
She is predeceased by her son Mark, and husband Dr. Francis McPartland. She is survived by her children, Maureen Hardy, Paul, Philip and Jim.
The family prefers memorial donations to Our Lady of Wayside church or a favorite charity.
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