Mary Jo Case

July 17, 1944 - September 03, 2023

Mary Jo Case

July 17, 1944 - September 03, 2023


Mary Jo Case (Young) was born July 17, 1944, in Burlington, Iowa. She passed away September 3, 2023, surrounded by loved ones in her home, overlooking Lake Whatcom. Mary Jo was a graduate of Bellingham High School, Class of 1962 and continued her education at Western Washington University to become a teacher. She taught for over 30 years in elementary schools throughout the Bellingham area.

During her retirement, she enjoyed golfing, traveling, reconnecting with her high school girlfriends and being with family. Mary Jo’s true legacy lies in the invaluable life skills and parenting wisdom she passed down. She equipped us with time-honored skills that will be cherished and continued for generations. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Mary Jo is survived by her daughters, Julie (Jim) Kelly, Kerri Tande, Marla (Eric) Bieker; companion of 33 years, Rich Fonda; grandchildren, Mikaela Kelly, Allison Kelly, Taryn Tande, Brandt Bieker; brother, Don (LeAnn) Young; brother-in-law, Donald Case (Wendy Miller); sister-in-law, Shelle Minge; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dick Case; father, Ed Young; mother, Hazel Young; brother, Randall Young; mother-in-law, Esther Case; and brother-in-law, Mike Minge.

Donations can be made in her honor to Whatcom County Library Foundation (South Lake Whatcom branch), Whatcom Hospice Foundation or your favorite charity.

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Whatcom County Library Foundation (South Lake Whatcom Branch)

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2 responses to Mary Jo Case

  1. Mary Jo was a very dear friend. She was fun loving and always there for you. She and I had many days of laughter and took away some golfing trophies as match play partners. Our many years of working together on the SV Ladies Invitation was priceless. I will always cherish our friendship, her kindness and beautiful smile that lit up a room. I will miss you dear friend, Betty L
    Heavenly Father, Praise be to You. Thank You for watching over Mary Jo throughout her life. Watch over Mary Jo’s family and friends. Grant them Your peace and comfort as they go through this difficult time. In all things we pray Your will be done. In Jesus holy name, Amen.

    John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

  2. Mary Jo and I belonged to the same investment club. She was a light in our group of friends and brought a wealth of wisdom to our investing strategy. I will miss her.

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