Mary Sterling Deich

June 23, 1927 — Aug. 17, 2013 -


Mary was born June 3, 1927 at Los Angeles and was brought to Oregon on her first birthday. She attended Lakewood School, Ainsworth, Lincoln High School and Oregon State College.

She and Richard F. Deich were married July 23, 1948 and they soon went to Palo Alto where she worked as a legal secretary and received a PHT Degree, meaning ‘Putting Hubby Through,’ from Stanford. They returned to Portland and later, Lake Oswego and happily had two children, Christy Deich Mackey (Rick) and Richard S. Deich (Betsy), both of whom survive her along with her husband, two grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Mackey and Jess Mackey (Karen), a “bonus” granddaughter, Kimberly Kurvin (Matt) and two great-grandchildren, Ailish and Aideen.

Mary loved life. She was one of the founders of Lakewood Center Associates, and was active in PEO and the Oswego Garden Club. She loved playing golf at the Oswego Lake Country Club, travel, boating and Maui.

Funeral and burial were private. Donations may be made to Lakewood Center, 368 State St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034. obituary/Mary-Ellen-Sterling-Deich/Lake-Oswego- OR/1236727