MARY CIRCLE The Vegas Valley has lost a grand lady, and the Circle Family has lost its cherished matriarch. Mary Margaret Circle was born into this world April 28, 1941, in Lansing, Mich., daughter to Robert and Mirriam Barrone. She silently departed it Nov. 24, 2012, at age 71. Memorial services and reception will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, in the banquet room of the Porchlight Grille, 8416 W. Desert Inn. Mary was loving wife to Donald Circle; and beloved mother to Mark Circle (wife, Colleen), Gordon Circle (wife, Lynn), of Las Vegas, Maria Circle of Scottsdale, Ariz., Holly Circle Steffen (husband, Jimmy) of Savage, Minn., and Don Circle II of New York. Along with having five children of her own, she was dearly loved stepmother to Debby Circle and Diane Circle Dvorak (husband, Mike), of Apple Valley, Minn. She was also beloved grandmother to Michael, Andrew, Brandon and Tyler Dvorak, and Kenny Steffen. When Mary and Don met at Michigan State University
, acting in the same play (a talent they both enjoyed and were quite good at), Mary already had Mark, and Don already had Debby and Diane. They got married and expanded their small family with Gordon, Maria, Holly, and Donnie II. Mary raised her family in Scottsdale, where she was a pioneer, and 30-year veteran, in the Scottsdale Public School System specializing in special education and the needs of learning disabled children. Mary was a strong believer in the Teachers Union, even serving as the AFL-CIO president, understanding that the strength of our future depended on the quality of education that our youngsters received. The number of lives she touched either directly, or through the programs she helped to establish, can only be counted along-side the stars. Mary was a very faith-filled individual and life-long member of the Unity Church. She made sure all of her children attended with her and learned the value of "looking within" when the answers were not externally obvious. In her retirement years she became quite a good painter. She will be very dearly missed. "Momma, you have taken on invisibility...for you I can no longer see. But this I know, although the road ascends and passes from my sight, that there will be no night. For the Lord has taken you gently by the hand and leads you on the road of life that never ends, and you will find it is not death but dawn. Dear Lord, I do not doubt that You are there as here, and You will hold her dear. Life did not begin with birth, it is not of the earth; and this that we call death is nothing more than the opening and closing of a door. Dear Lord, I thank you for the faith that frees, and the love that knows it cannot lose its own." (James Dillet Freeman, The Traveler).