Tribute to Mary Anderson

All of the staff, volunteers, and families at Xenophon are very sad due to the passing of one of our beloved long time volunteers, Mary Anderson.  Twenty years ago, MarDSC_4957y saw an advertisement that a therapeutic riding program was opening in Orinda. Being a physical therapist, Mary thought this would be right up her alley. She marched herself over to the Xenophon site, stuck her head through the fence to offer her service and she never left. According to her husband, Lee, “Xenophon was Mary’s first love….after him, of course.” Mary volunteered her services as a sidewalker, but both she and Lee rarely missed a center function, and could be found barbecuing,serving desserts, tending bar or lending tables and chairs.  Mary had a wonderful heart for the students she worked with and this was evidenced in the smiles and hugs that greeted her each time a child arrived. In addition to her work at Xenophon, Mary was an avid tennis player, active in her church and together with Lee attended symphonies, operas and traveled.  She has left a huge hole in the lives of her family and the hearts of all who knew her. She will be sorely missed at Xenophon. Our condolences go out to the entire Anderson family.

Mary Anderson