Mary Ann Young Lavine, born June 15, 1935, left us March 3, 2017 – “ready to go home.”
To say that Mrs. Lavine is well-recognized and honored in the Phoenix/Glendale area through her volunteer service and community and church involvement hardly makes a dot on her resume.
Mrs. Lavine gave honor to her parents by stating, “My parents instilled helping others in my upbringing; it was part of my faith.”
Of special interest to her was the “Kids Can Cope Program,” which Mrs. Lavine founded in 1986 after her eldest daughter, Beth, died of cancer. Beth Hilton was a teacher and used her own cancer as a means to provide students with honest answers regarding that disease. Today, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale, continues that program.
Mrs. Lavine was an advocate for the less fortunate, an empowering force for women, teens, and the elderly. She was founder for numerous start-up non-profits. Her energy, positive attitude, and joyfulness brought smiles to others. It was impossible to forget Mrs. Lavine. During her life, she was widowed by two dearly-beloved husbands. She is predeceased by two daughters, Elizabeth Hilton and Joanna Hughes. She leaves brother, Richard Young (Claudia); son, Bradley Tankersley of Oklahoma; daughter, Penny Havely (Joseph) of Surprise; and student exchange student, Elisabet Hogberg of Sweden. Also five grandchildren: Ryan Fogg, Emily Sierra, Justin Havely, Leah Havely, Mariah Havely; and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lavine loved travels in her Miata, ball games, puzzles, and family time. Always up to the adventure, she traveled the world and the United States. Special awards include (but do not list all): Salvation Army “Others” Award (2011), 17th Volene Stockham Humanitarian Award (2007), Proclamation of Recognition/State of Arizona (2001) and Glendale Mayor and City Council (1998/1999), YWCA Dorothy Willey Award (1998).
Mrs. Lavine is listed in the Who’s Who of American Women, the West, and in Arizona. A member of countless bsoard of trustees and advisory boards, she was an educator, a teacher, a writer, a public speaker. Services are scheduled for March 11 at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Call the mortuary for time (623-937-9297). Flowers may be sent to the mortuary, or to Penny Havely, 16042 W. Mauna Loa Lane, Surprise, Az 85379. Suggested donations: Kids Can Cope Program, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. And now, to Heaven; as Mrs. Lavine would say, “To be continued.”