Editor's Note: Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 6, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park, for Mary Victoria Neumeyer. Ms. Neumeyer died Feb. 14. She was 88.
Ms. Neumeyer lived in Portola Valley for 55 years. She was a neighbor of The Almanac's co-founder Hedy Boissevain. She and her three children helped at various tasks putting the paper together during its first two years in the mid-1960s, say family members.
Born in Ferndale, Michigan, Ms. Neumeyer helped raise six younger brothers after her mother died at an early age. She was athletic, taking part in gymnastics, volleyball, softball and basketball through high school.
She studied design at Wayne State University in Detroit. She married Walter Neumeyer before he enlisted in the armed services during World War II. While her husband served in Europe, she moved to California with her mother-in-law.
The Neumeyers moved to Portola Valley in 1955, where she was active in the PTA, the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, Ladera Community Church and United Church Women.
After her husband died in 1980, she assisted many families, sitting with children when their parents were traveling or helping after the birth of a newborn.
In 1985, she met Iceline Adams of Jamaica, who became a close friend. They went on many excursions and celebrated holidays and family events together, say family members.
Surviving family members include children Dr. Terri Neumeyer and Walter Neumeyer of Portola Valley, and Lina Dillingham of Glenns Ferry, Idaho; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
The family prefers donations to a favorite charity. To send remembrances of Ms. Neumeyer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 851-7485.