Marie-Louise Bombard | News, Sports, Jobs

Mary Lou was born on April 13, 1934 in New York City to Irma Wenning Schaefer and William Schaefer, the youngest of three children.

She grew up with her sister, Irma, and brother, Bill, in Stamford, Connecticut and Clearwater, Florida. She graduated from Greenwich Academy in Connecticut and majored in art and art history at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. While in college, she developed a love for travel and photography and began co-leading photography tours in Mexico and Central America with her friend and mentor, Alice Stark, even before she graduated from college. . His photographs of daily life in Guatemala have been featured in National Geographic.

By her mid-twenties, she had moved to Syracuse (initially crammed into an apartment with five other girls and sleeping on an old door propped up by blocks) and worked for Mohawk Airlines (which was later acquired by American Airlines) as a travel agent, gate agent and general girl of all trades. His call sign was Lucky Strike. She’s done every job at one time or another, minus flying the planes.

One winter, her friend Mimi Speeno, another young firecracker, convinces her to try skiing. The two traveled to Snow Ridge, Turin, New York, and took skiing lessons with rapscallion Douglas Bombard of Saranac Lake. Louie and Dougo have been together ever since. Louie had long been an outstanding athlete and quickly became a strong and stylish skier, so much so that she eventually served as a ski instructor and ski patroller, and taught skiing at Snow Ridge as well as the Toggenburg Ski Center in Fabius, New York. .

Despite Louie’s parents (mainly economic) protests over the game, she and Dougo married in 1961. They spent their winters skiing and their summers riding their Honda dirt bikes in the hills of central New York. , and they also spent a lot of time on the St. Lawrence River, living aboard their barge (named Thunder). Louie’s continued work for the airline allowed them to travel extensively, including a honeymoon in Europe and trips to Bermuda and Hawaii, which she loved. It was during this time that they also adopted a love for the lower Florida Keys, where Louie had vacationed as a child with his parents and siblings, and where Louie and Doug would later snowbird and have many friends. darlings.

In 1971 their daughter, Tiffany was born and Louie became a stay-at-home mom, a job she put her heart into. Her daughter could read and write before starting kindergarten and grew up with confidence, strength and love. Louie worked intermittently, painting houses, and also had a snow removal job, clearing a skating rink on the Erie Canal. She took care of friends, horses, chickens and dogs, she was a payroll clerk for Doug’s concrete business and she became a master gardener, creating beautiful and large beds of perennials around their home in Manlius, New York.

In 2019, Louie and Doug moved from Manlius to Vermontville to be closer to Tiffany, who had settled there, and they continued to spend their winters with their friends in Big Pine Key. His gardens in his new home also flourished and can be seen there now if you come to visit. Louie died at home of pancreatic cancer on June 8, 2022. She is survived by her nephew John Pollard (Melbourne, Florida), her niece Cathy Pollard Larkin (Orange Park, Florida), her husband Doug Bombard, her daughter Tiffany Bombard, her son-in-law Matthew Morgan, her dog Lola Bombard and many friends in many places who loved her deeply, long and well.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Louie was very firm that she wanted no funeral or memorial services of any kind. She says: “Love me while I’m here.” And so it was.

Friends wishing to remember Marie Louise may make memorial contributions to The Nature Conservancy, PO Box 65, Keene Valley, NY 12943.

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