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Mary (Molly) Darragh Fine-Lalich was born in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 10, 1929, and died March 23, 2017, at home in Cannon Beach, Ore., surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Harry B. Fine and Mary Darrah More. She had two brothers, John B. Fine (deceased) and Paul E.M. Fine who resides in London. Attended Miss Fine's School and Northfield School for Girls, graduated from Vassar College in 1950 with honors. Majored in history, minored in Greek. Summers were spent at Crater Club, Essex, on Lake Champlain. Spent years working in Europe including England, France, and Austria. Sponsored by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to work on a Kibbutz in Israel in 1956. After Israel, traveled to Greece, met future husband Branislav Lalich on Crete. They were married in Liberia, W. Africa in 1957.
Returning to the United States in 1963, taught school, volunteered, and worked for the U.S. District court in Seattle. After retiring, she lived and breathed her love of books working in an independent bookstore, City Books. Continued to travel the world solo and with her Vassar friends. She valued their years of friendship. She continued to volunteer in the community and church including the Clay Street Table program feeding the homeless at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Portland, Ore.
She is survived by her two children, Adam who lives in Alaska, Margo (Oregon), and grandson Lujac (NYC). Her attire never changed, skirts and sweaters then and now. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Clay Street Table program.
Published on April 22, 2017
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