Eighteen-year resident of Park City, Mary Lyle Laverty passed away peacefully, with her daughter Deirdre by her side and surrounded by family and friends at home, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, after an eight-year struggle with cancer. It was the first day of fall, which happened to be her favorite season of the year in Park City.
She was born Dec. 14, 1949, in Los Angeles, Calif. She attended the Marlboro School, also growing up at the Beach Club and spending every Christmas in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Like her father, Robert E. Laverty, she continued on to college at Stanford University, where she majored in English and history. Somehow, while at Stanford, she found the time to have an unforgettable on-stage encounter with Janis Joplin (and Big Brother and the Holding Company). Later in life, her passion for history led Mary to share with her mother, Elizabeth "Puff" Laverty, an astute talent for solving the most difficult crossword puzzles.
A world traveler, Mary lived and skied in Italy, Chile and Argentina, where she met her husband, William Leon Levin. While living in Buenos Aires, she became a well-respected English teacher and translator. After the birth of her daughter, Deirdre, she formed a friendship with the legendary Frank Sinatra, for whom she served as translator during his visits to Argentina. You could not have known Mary without hearing the stories of that friendship.
Studying first at UCLA and then at the University of Utah, she later became a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor. As a Park City resident, she continued her lifelong passions for horseback riding, camping, river rafting (including a notable journey down the Grand Canyon), jet skiing and water skiing. An avid reader, Mary Lyle also cultivated what all her friends regarded as a virtual forest in her house.
Mary is surely now celebrating a reunion with her two very best friends, her loving brother Bobby (an incredible surfer who died doing what he loved) and her border collie, Charlie Brown, who lost his own life to sympathetic cancer. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her will always celebrate the memories of her peals of laughter and her caustic sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (The Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309 or online at http://www.komen.org) or the ASPCA (ASPCA Member Support, 424 East 92nd St., New York, N.Y. 10128, by phone at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4516, or online at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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