Mary Lemmon, a longtime Mammoth Lakes resident, and the wife of the town’s first mayor, passed away on Aug. 6 after a battle with cancer. She was 88. Mary was born in 1923 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which at the time was not yet a state. In December 1947, she married Boyd Lemmon in Eugene, Ore.
The couple owned a condo in Mammoth for many years, and moved to town on a permanent basis in 1976. While in Mammoth, Mary was very active with the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, and painted and exhibited her own watercolor works. Boyd was a local practicing Certified Public Accountant, and after the Town’s incorporation in 1984 was elected its first Mayor.
Recently, the couple had relocated to Reno, Nev., and when Boyd passed away in 2008, Mary relocated to the Village of Laguna Woods, where she spent part of the last few years playing bridge, dancing and continued her painting. The couple had two children: Guy Lemmon and Brenda Baumgartner, and had 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held for Mary recently in Laguna Woods.