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Remembering Mary Ultes

We are deeply saddened to share that contributor and member of the team, Mary Ultes, passed away on March 2nd, after a long battle with COPD. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, as well as longtime advocate for the community.

Mary’s writings were especially valued by our community for their real-life advice, easy reading, and no-nonsense tips. Her advice and guidance will live-on with and she will be well-remembered.

You can read some of her writings below:

  • Hospice Revisited: Misconceptions
  • Documents Every COPDer Should Have – Part 1
  • How to Make Life with COPD Easier: My 3 Things
  • Best Holiday Gifts for Someone with COPD (Part 1)
  • The Cycle of Infections, Exacerbations and Stress
  • Live for Today
  • Memories from Mary’s Friends and Fellow Contributors:

    From Erin Rush:
    Mary was so awesome! Her articles gave a lot of people hope and encouragement. She will be very missed. 🙁 I loved reading her work.

    From Jennifer Patel:
    I absolutely adored working with Mary on Her sense of humor, perseverance, and unique perspective brought so much value to so many people. It was always a delight to read her articles, as she shared heartfelt experiences and hardships with wit and hard-won wisdom. It was also beautiful to see how much she loved her family and enjoyed being with them, and vice versa. One of my favorite articles of Mary’s is a Day in the Life piece where she talks about hanging out with her loved ones – most notably, one of her grandsons who was dressed up in a banana costume Mary got him for Halloween! She brought so much joy to the people around her – both online and off. She will be missed, and I know I’m not the only one who feels incredibly fortunate to have gotten to know her.

    From Michelle Cassandra Vincent:
    It’s so sad. May she rest in peace. Her articles meant a lot to a lot of people, myself included.

    Mary’s family asks that in lieu of flowers or other tokens of esteem, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    1 year ago

    My deepest sympathies to all of Mary’s loved ones. What a beautiful piece Susan! Thanks for honoring such a wonderful woman!
    She will be greatly missed in this community.
    Warmly, Lauren

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    1 year ago

    What a wonderful tribute to our contributor and friend, Mary Ultes! Our community has been diminished but her work will live on here for all to be able to read and remember.
    Rest in peace, Mary…

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