Mary Van de Water Piper Bolles - In Memorium 1911- 2010

NOTE: Mary Piper Bolles was the sister of William Piper Jr.

Mary Piper Bolles was born in 1913 in Portsmouth, OH to Marie and William T. Piper. She was raised with her four siblings in Bradford, PA, near the headquarters of her father’s company Piper Aircraft. While a student at Radcliffe College, Mary met her husband, future San Francisco architect and art gallery owner, John Savage Bolles. In 1935 they married before her college graduation and traveled to Iran to work on the excavation of Persepolis. In 1936 Mary and John moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they raised their five children. Over the years, Mary lived in Marin County and San Francisco, designing and building homes in both places. As her children grew to adulthood, Mary pursued her interests in art, gardening, social work, and education. She volunteered and served on the boards of organizations such as the Florence Crittenden Home, Hunter's Point Boys Club, and Marlboro College. At the age of 69, Mary returned to Harvard University to complete her undergraduate degree in Sociology. Mary died peacefully on November 19 and is survived by her five children, Peter P. Bolles, David D. Bolles, Jane B. Grimm, Sarah Bolles, J. Thomas Bolles, and their families. A private memorial service celebrating her long and vibrant life will be held at the Sequoias at 1400 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, November 30th at 4:00PM..