PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Mary Hendrickson Polite, of Prescott, passed away on May 15, 2023, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on July 6, 1949, in Ironwood, Michigan, and was the daughter of William T. and Lou G. Hendrickson.
Mary graduated from St. Ambrose High School as Valedictorian of her class, and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Michigan University. She had resided in Arizona since the 1970s and is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Polite, the love of her life, and a former U.S. Navy Seal.
In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by her brother, William T. Hendrickson Jr., of Anthem, Arizona; her sisters, Margaret L. Steiner of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ellen M. Minturn (David) of Hillsboro, Oregon; and her nieces and nephews, Matthew R. Hendrickson, Alice C. Steiner, Frederick K. Steiner IV and Leah R. Hendrickson.
Mary lived her life simply, being kind and loving to all with a deep faith in the Lord. She enjoyed nature photography and had done challenging wilderness backpack trips including the Continental Divide. Her adventurous past also included helping guide Colorado River running trips in the Grand Canyon and working at a ski resort in Utah.
Mary will be missed by all.
A memorial Mass will be held on June 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona.