Mary Emma Krier

Mary Emma Krier (née Springer) passed away on July 28, surrounded by family and friends in her Lucas Valley, California home of many years. She was 94 years old..
Mary was born on March 1, 1923 in Aurora, the daughter of Edward and Emma Springer. She grew up in Aurora and later attended the University of Nebraska where she studied journalism, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1945. Shortly after graduation she moved to Denver where she joined the International News Service, writing and editing articles for newspapers across the country. Mary joined the US State Department’s Foreign Service in 1952, and was sent to Paris and Luxembourg. She returned to the US in 1954.
As a suburban single mother in the 1960’s and 70’s, Mary worked as a medical transcriptionist at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco for 11 years, then for 9 years as a transcriptionist in the oncology department at Petaluma Valley Hospital, finally retiring at the age of 75.
Mary was an active member of Amnesty International, and was a long-time patron of The Canal Community Alliance in San Rafael and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.  She marched with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers and took part in many other progressive actions in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Mary is survived by her sister, Lois Jones of Tulsa, OK, and by her daughters Andrée Young of Petaluma, Calif. and Cynthia Reid of Atlanta Georgia, granddaughter Rachel Young and great-granddaughters Ava Burlison and Aviva Cooley. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Canal Community Alliance (

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