As many of you know our beloved founder and president of The Hyacinth Fellowship, Maryann Gray, has experienced health challenges recently. This necessitated a serious operation for which we all had high hopes she would come through with flying colors and improve upon her health for the next chapter of life.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, and at 1:30 Pacific Time on April 1, 2023, Maryann died from complications with this procedure at the UCLA Medical Center.
Her legacy of compassion, perseverance, and dedication to helping, particularly, those suffering from the effects of accidental harm, live on in many ways, none less than in her founding of Accidental Impacts, which is now called The Hyacinth Fellowship.
We are writing as The Hyacinth Fellowship board of directors, still shocked ourselves, yet no less dedicated to continuing the mission and work that Maryann recruited us to do.
Memorial plans are underway for a Celebration of Life at 4pm on Thursday, May 11 in the Founder’s Room of the James West Alumni Center at UCLA. All are welcome. If you are unable to attend in person, we invite you to join us via Zoom:
Please know, our programming will continue forward, full steam ahead, we think she would have wanted that.
Maryann was a deeply spiritual person and believed in the spiritual side of every human. Regardless of your tradition or conviction, now may be a good time to say a prayer, pause in silent reflection, and in some way give thanks for the myriad of gifts she shared with the world. May we honor her legacy by imitating her example.
Safe to say, we think she also would have wanted any memorial donations to go to The Hyacinth Fellowship.
Let us keep up the healing work before us!
I’m so sad to hear about Maryann’s passing. I worked closely with her for many years at UCLA. The world is a little less brighter now.
Still so shocked and saddened to hear about this, she was an incredible person who helped do many, myself included. May she rest in peace and may we all honour her legacy in the way she deserves, hard though that may be.