When she in October 2010, open space advocates were stunned. Mary Davey, may have been 80, but she always seemed more full of life than the people a quarter of her age that she inspired.
A plaque in her memory was dedicated beneath a wide buckeye tree, atop a hill with sweeping views at Byrne Preserve Sunday morning.
Three generations of the Davey family made trek, including her husband, Jack Davey, who came out west in 1961, just as the open space movement was awakening. The Los Altos Hills resident was remembered fondly by many of those who have continued her work and benefitted from her vision, including the Committee for Green Foothills, Hidden Villa, the Midpeninsula Open Space District, Acterra and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.
Los Altos Patch wishes to thank longtime resident Jitze Couperus took these photos and wrote the captions. On his website he wrote the following:
Memorial for Mary Davey - The Dedication
Fittingly, coinciding with Earth Day, the memorial to Mary Davey was dedicated in the presence of family, friends, and fellow advocates from some of the organizations where Mary had played such a significant role.