OBITUARY: Mary ‘Tyke’ Esther Solotoff

Mary “Tyke” Esther Solotoff was born Dec. 15, 1925 and died at home after a long illness on Dec. 6, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Barnett Solotoff; her parents, Scott Winfield Homan and Esther Reynold (Atwood Hawley) Homan; her three brothers and many dogs and friends.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marna (Solotoff) and Michael Powell; her son and daughter-in-law, Myckle and Jill Solotoff; her granddaughter, Jessica Oliver; her cat, Majik; and many great friends.

Known as “Muz” to her children, Mary was one of the most creative and unique individuals to ever walk this planet. Where can one even start to describe her? She painted daisies on her driveway, loved hot air balloon rides, animals, whitewater rafting, parasailing, nature, beaches, travel, making and wearing costumes, playing games or simply socializing.

After retiring from Civil Service in 1985 she and Barnett traveled the U.S. for a year before settling in Fortuna to be near their children. She was a renowned local quilter, often adding the goofiest touches to her quilts or ceramic creations along with her signature “Mary Sol.” 

She started a Fortuna chapter of the Red Hat Club. She was a zoo docent at Sequoia Park Zoo, NARFE Chapter 608 Secretary for 20 years, Model A club member, frequent traveler with The Heritage Club, TOPS Rio Dell “KOPS” member, and regular “Lunch Bunch” attendee.

She was also a very cheerful and giving person. She instilled a sense of love and self-esteem in her children that cannot be described. To this day, both believe that they can accomplish any impossible challenge and that they can build or create anything.

Mary made it clear that we are not to have a service. Her ashes will be scattered on private property with those of her husband. In lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice of Humboldt,, or Miranda’s Rescue,

The family wishes to thank Dr. Donald Baird for his loving care and friendship all these years.


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