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Mary Elizabeth Gambee

June 10, 1954 ~ May 9, 2021 (age 66)


Mary E. Gambee left this world too soon. She died unexpectedly, surrounded by her family, from complications of a stroke. She was 66 years old.

Mary graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame with a B.A. in Art History. She went on to pursue graduate studies in Art History at University of Chicago. Mary's financial acuity was a thread throughout her life. After completing her post-baccalaureate studies in accounting at Portland State University, she joined Coopers & Lybrand as a CPA. Later, she worked in investor relations at U.S. Bancorp achieving CFA Level I. The crowning jewel of Mary's professional career, however, was as business manager at the French American International School. She was also an active member in her community, serving as Secretary of the Board of Trustees at the Multnomah Athletic Club and on finance committees of The Racquet Club and The Town Club.

Mary was the eldest of L. Phaon and Patricia Gambee's seven children. Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of nearly 30 years, Michael Mulholland; their daughter, Annie Patrick (Lucas); siblings, Joan Mahalic (Drew), Matthew Gambee (Margie), Martha Sensenbrenner (John), Louis Gambee, Valerie DeVoe (Patrick), Edwin Gambee (Karen); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Mary loved fiercely as a wife, mother and friend. Her strength of character and unyielding sense of fairness were hallmarks of her life. She was a woman of style, lived her too short life with élan and was a voracious reader. Mary loved traveling with her family and friends, although she was partial to Paris.

A celebration of Mary's life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5, 2021, at The Town Club. Guests are requested to don their brightest ensembles to honor her. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mary E. Gambee Financial Aid Fund at the French American International School, Portland Arts & Lectures or to a charity of your choice.

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