Duroche, Mary Lucy (nee Betz)

Duroche, Mary Lucy (nee Betz)

September 9, 1932 – October 14, 2017
Age 85 of Minneapolis, passed peacefully at Augustana Care Center in Minneapolis . She was born in Glen Elder, Kansas on September 9, 1932. She married Leonard L. Duroche of Kansas City, KS in 1955. Mary graduated from the University of Kansas in 1954 with a BS in journalism. She wrote and served as a food editor for newspapers in Topeka, KS and Binghamton, NY and was co-editor of a social advocacy magazine in Minneapolis. Throughout the course of her life, which included periods of residence in California, upstate New York, Vermont and Minnesota, Mary was active in the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, the League of Women Voters and Democratic party election campaigns. After her divorce, in 1981, Mary worked at the State Capitol as a legislative aide, received a masters degree in planning and public administration from the University of Minnesota, worked at the Capitol Area Architecture and Planning Board until her retirement in 2000, and spent three years as a volunteer reading tutor at Green-Central Elementary School in Minneapolis. Mary enjoyed birdwatching, going for walks in the neighborhood, chamber music, the theater, and reading, particularly literary fiction and essays. She is survived by her sons, Leo M. Whitebird (Robin) of Minneapolis; Matthew G. Duroche (Tonya) of Rush City, MN; Timothy B. Duroche of Portland, OR; her daughter, Lucy A. Duroche of Minneapolis; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and John Butel of Overbrook, KS. A memorial service will be held in late December. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Second Harvest Heartland, People For the American Way, or the American Civil Liberties Union are preferred. (Published in the Star Tribune on October 21, 2017).