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Mary Willie Grisso Sowder

January 2, 1927 ~ March 10, 2012 (age 85)

Surrounded by loved ones, Mary Willie Grisso- Sowder, 85, peacefully joined the heavenly company of God and her husband, Dempsey, on the morning of March 10, 2012 in Vista, Calif. It was "just another day in paradise" and the birds were heard sweetly chirping outside her window. Aunt Willie is survived by her nephew, George Manges and his wife, Sharon; several great and great-great-nieces and nephews; and many loving friends and extended family.

We will always love and remember our "sweetie" with the perpetual southern drawl, originating from Virginia. Her hospitality toward all was as charming and comforting as her kind words, fun-loving spirit, and practical nature in all things botanical and culinary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Mary Willie may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090- 6011, or Seasons Hospice, 16745 W. Bernardo Dr., Suite 140, San Diego, CA. 92127.

  • Visitation

    March 21, 2012
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Allen Brothers Mortuary, Inc. - Vista Chapel

    1315 S. Santa Fe Avenue
    Vista, CA
    (760) 726-2555

  • Funeral Service

    March 22, 2012
    10:00 AM

    Faith Lutheran Church

    700 E. Bobier Drive
    Vista, CA

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