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The Muse of El Dorado Hills (from Tracy Rodgers and Richard Budenz)

Our hearts are full of sadness and love for Mary Muse. She was our role model and literal muse for the quintessential mother, advocating for her children as well as all the children of our community. It is through her children that we came to know Mary best.


I first met Mary as a supportive and generous parent of Michael in my classroom. We then shared cheers as parents of our daughter’s soccer games with Julie as a teammate. At the same time, our son was developing a deep friendship with John, starting in kindergarten and continuing through college and beyond. John gave the most eloquent and hilarious speech as best man in our son’s wedding. He seems to have inherited Mary’s wit and talent for public speaking with spot-on observations. And now we occasionally run across Annie as we walk our dog along Muse. Her enthusiasm for life and people is infectious.


These children represent Mary and Bill’s gracious style of child-rearing. Curiosity, independence, achievement, awareness of community, love and humor are all hallmarks of the Muse-Fisher legacy. We are so fortunate to have known them all.

Mary’s spirit is still at the heart of the family along with Bill’s gentle guidance. Her life will radiate through the lives of her children as they make a difference in the world. Mary will be greatly missed by us all.

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