February 26, 1915 - January 29, 2018
Born in Roswell, New Mexico
Resided in Salinas, California
Mary moved to Salinas where she attended Salinas High School and Heald Business College. She met her husband Joe and married in 1938.
Mary spent her life as a homemaker and wife to Joe, a Monterey County cattleman. She was the bookkeeper for the family business, Violini Brothers.
In the early years, sometime in the 1930’s, Mary attended art school in Oakland. Her many talents included tole painting, knitting, woodwork, making miniature dollhouse furniture and almost any other craft one could imagine. She could do anything! Being an accomplished seamstress, Mary sewed many a Halloween costume for family members as well as creating her own wardrobe. She was a clothing and textile leader for the Buena Vista 4-H for over 20 plus years, a founding member of the Buena Vista Garden Club and a member of the Monterey County Cattlewomen’s Organization (formerly Cowbelles). She was also involved in the Visiting Nurses Association, where she shared her quilting skills for a fundraising project.
Mary was an excellent cook, providing a warming stew and polenta or enchiladas and beans to the cowboys at the family cattle brandings up at the ranch. Pies were her specialty also, and she passed on that skill to her grandchildren.
She is fondly remembered by nieces and nephews for enriching their lives during difficult times and considered ‘mom’ to many.
Mary is survived by her children Jim Violini (Kate), Joyce Secondo (Tim) and Annette Leeke (Tim), She is also survived by her grandchildren, Scott, Sheron, Kelly, Adam, Danielle and Hanna and 6 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Joe and her siblings Martha, Henry, Gladys, Hillary, Jim and Bill.
Family services have been held. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Monterey County Cattlewomen’s Organization, 22215 Tara Court, Salinas, CA, 93908 the Monterey County 4-H Fashion Revue, 1432 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93908 or donate to the charity of choice.
Salinas, CA US 93901