Mary Bacon found peace on Nov. 20, when she went on to eternal life with Jesus, a life without cancer and pain. Her loving husband Larry and caring sister Debbie were at her side.
Mary was born on April 27, 1950 in Washington, DC to Bill and Polly Silliman. She lived in Orlando, FL before moving to Grand Lake. Mary graduated from Edgewater High School and the University of Central Florida (Florida Technological University) in 1971.
Mary was a schoolteacher for 32 years, teaching kindergarten, first and third grades, before retiring in 2003. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year and was admired by her fellow teachers for her dedication and passion for teaching children. She and sister Debbie were two of the first summer tour guides hired to work at Disney World in 1971.
Mary’s other passions were traveling, birds, flowers, animals, nature, and her two dogs, Lulu (deceased) and Harry. Mary was a co-founder of the Happy Hoofers women’s hiking group, a member of the Bad Girls of the Bible study group, a member of Trinity Church in the Pines, and a former volunteer at Rocky Mountain National Park. She had many friends in the Grand Lake area and was passionate about those friendships.
Mary and Larry were married on April 5, 1976 and came to Rocky Mountain National Park on their honeymoon vacation that summer. They moved to Grand Lake part-time in 2003 and full-time in 2006. In pursuit of Mary’s passion, she and Larry traveled extensively abroad, visited almost every national park in America, and experienced seven World Fairs together starting in 1982. More recently, she enjoyed the beach and fine wine on the central coast of California during Spring and Fall seasons.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Polly Silliman, nephew Matthew, cousin Allen, and brother-in-law Jim. She is survived by husband Larry, sister Debbie, nephews Allen and Taylor, and brothers-in-law Ed, Dan, and Jack.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in the Pines on Tuesday, December 3, 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting one of the following in celebration of Mary’s extraordinary compassion for life and her courage to persevere through difficult times:
Trinity Church in the Pines, P. O. Box 676, Grand Lake, CO 80447