Mary Lou Petty-Skok was born on April 5, 1915, in Spokane. She passed away at Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona, on April 2, 2014, surrounded by family. She was 98 years and 362 days old.
A celebration of her life will be held on June 27, 2014, at the Gleason Ranch in Brady, Washington, beginning at 4 p.m.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by parents Mary F. Watkins and Walter E. Petty Sr., brother Walter Petty Jr., her beloved husband Dr. Robert Gleason Skok, daughter Barbara (Bobbi) Lee Skok-Baker and Bailey her dog and special companion.
She is survived by daughter Helen Skok-Munger, and grandchildren Michelle Van Amburg, Chris Munger, Lynn Perry, Ted Baker Jr, Leslie Russell, Robin Munger and Tracey Baker and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mary Lou Petty-Skok swam in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where she finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle. Upon her return, she was met by her fiancé Dr. Robert Gleason Skok and they were married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York, on August 29, 1936. She was inducted into the Inland Empire Hall of Fame in Spokane in 1974 and also the Pacific Northwest Swimming Hall of Fame in Seattle in 2006.
Mary Lou worked for Lockheed and was one of 1,500 woman known as the “Rosie the Riveters.” Her summers were spent in Washington state at the Gleason Ranch, with family. She was an avid golfer and loved spending time watching her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports.
During her nearly 99 years of life, she lived to see many things including, the adoption of “The Star Spangled Banner,” two World Wars, the creation of the FBI, IRS, CIA and NASA, 17 Presidents and 22 Olympic Games, just to name a few.
Mary Lou moved to Friendship Village in 1999 and lived there until her passing. She served as a volunteer on numerous committees. Her most notable contribution would be her “Ranch Toast” and will be sorely missed. She truly exemplified the spirit of Friendship Village, making the most and best of every second of life.
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