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Thu., Sept. 17, 2009, 3:13 p.m.

Mary Travers, true to the very end…

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty
 (The Spokesman-Review)
Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary has passed on.

This video clip is a bit of an odd duck by which to remember the late Mary Travers, but it demonstrates two vital precepts:

In their lives together on the stage, Peter, Paul and Mary sang universally of freedom wherever they went, in this case Japan. They lived the lives they sang, unlike some of Spokane's bands who do not have the courage nor the moral integrity to live the lives they extol in song. It is one thing to advocate universal freedom for all; it is entirely a different matter to dedicate your entire life to that precept.

The second precept is to always be true to your beliefs, which she unquestionably was.

In yet another clip from Peter, Paul and Mary, there is perhaps a continuing note of optimism and hope, which is what I believe Mary Travers never lost sight of in her multi-year battle against cancer.

Even in this somewhat shabby video excerpts, in one of her final performances in public, walking with a cane and sitting on a chair on the stage, Mary Travers sang until the end.

Thank you for all the wonderful years, the memories that stand out as fine as bone china and your impeccable set of values.


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