Sept. 7, 1934-Aug. 7, 2018
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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Mary Alice Sause who was delivered by Dr. Huckleberry on September 7, 1934, at the Garibaldi Hospital in Garibaldi, Oregon, to Henry and Martha Sause, began living life big right away. Throughout her life, Mary loved traveling and in 1975-76, lived with her daughters, Michelle and Sara Anne in Greece. Mary was always game for a good road trip, gathering with family and friends at her home in Palo Alto and later in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. She lived for the music of the big bands, pops and jazz, and her husband Dave Robertson's compositions for the Newport Symphony, The Adams Family and The Producers. She was a lively Democrat who fought and supported the causes of freedom, free speech and liberty for all, all her life.
When Mary was still a young girl, the family to Mill City where Mary remembers her eccentric Aunt Mable taking the waters at Breitenbush, a tradition some in the family still enjoy. The family moved to Lebanon briefly before settling in Albany, Oregon where Mary met and married David D. Bussard in 1952. They attended and graduated from the University of Oregon and enjoyed the arrival of their daughter, Michelle the year they graduated. With the end of their marriage in 1959, Mary received her Masters of Education from Oregon State University and accepted a job as a physical education teacher at Mission Junior High in San Francisco. In 1961, Mary enjoyed the birth of second daughter, Sara Anne, converted to Judaism and married Alan Kushnick. In 1966, Mary attended Portland State University on a fellowship. In 1967, she divorced Alan and began a 30-year career as a school counselor at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. After retiring, Mary produced Parent Talk on the community television station in Palo Alto, where she met her husband Dave Robertson who served as her technical producer and camera man. In 2003 they married and returned to Mary's childhood home in Oregon, living in Rockaway Beach. Mary served as a Garibaldi Port Commissioner, helping to secure funding for repairing and extending the Bar View Jetty and stood firm for the protection of the historic Garibaldi Boat House. She also served as member of the Garibaldi Maritime Museum where she helped curate and sponsor an exhibit on Sause Brothers and her father, Henry Sause. For years she remained active with American Association of University Women and the Rockaway Lion's Club. Although she could not attend, Mary was named the Honorary Grand Marshall of the Garibaldi Days Parade July 28, 2018. Mary leaves behind her husband Dave Robertson, musician and composer, who composed Sounds of the Coast, one of her all time, forever favorites. She also leaves behind many family and friends who have been touched by her soaring spirit for life.