Mary L. Pettigrew left this world on January 5, 2019 at the age of 63. She was the daughter of Marguerite (Wies) and Walter Pettigrew, and was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Southwest High School, and obtained degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Colorado, Denver. Her life and career adventures drew her to Denver, CO, the Hartford area of Connecticut, and Corrales, NM.
Learning compassion for others from her parents, she focused her public service career on health policy and planning in nonprofit organizations and state government.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Kasandra Pettigrew of Bentonville, AR; her niece and nephew, Yancey Pettigrew and Alisha Gourley; great-nieces, Lacey, Keeley and Pippa Pettigrew; and great-nephew, Jaxon Pettigrew. She is also survived by her closest friend, Stephen Acree of St. Louis, MO; cousins from the Wies side of the family in Illinois and Florida; as well as many friends she made along her life’s journey.
Her cremated remains will be scattered in New Mexico. Her favorite charities included public radio and TV, museums of natural history, and local animal shelters.