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Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst Passed Away at 64


Unfortunately, the retired Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst passed away at the age of 64 on the evening of December 28, 2021. She died peacefully surrounded by her family in Olympia, Washington.

She announced in her “State of the Judiciary” address in 2019 that she was once again fighting cancer, a third-round since initial diagnosis of colon cancer in 2008. She continued her work while undergoing chemotherapy. Fairhurst had announced the return of her colon cancer and stated that she would continue working.

“I want to remind you that time is precious. For whatever reasons, this is our individual and collective time and place. It is when and where we are serving. None of us know how many days we have to make a difference. This is especially true for me,” Justice Fairhurst said in her address to a joint session of Washington lawmakers in January 2019.

Mary Fairhurst passed away aged 64
Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst has unexpectedly died at the age of 64

Retired Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Elizabeth Fairhurst served on the Court from 2003 to 2020. Fairhurst retired from the Supreme Court in January 2020, with one year left on her term as Chief Justice. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as a justice of this court since 2003, particularly as the Chief Justice for the past three years. I am so proud of the work we’ve done as a branch during this time and feel the time is right to focus on my health,” she said in her announcement.

Fairhurst’s life and legal legacy were recently featured in the Secretary of State’s Office’s “Ahead of the Curve” exhibit, highlighting remarkable women in Washington State history.

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Mary E. Fairhurst’s Professional Career

She was the youngest-ever president of the Washington State Bar Association who was graduated from Gonzaga Law School. Her election to the Court in 2002 also made her the court’s first female majority.

Before her retirement, she was honored at the US Supreme Court in Washington DC at the Inns of Court celebration of excellence award ceremony hosted by the US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

She has won several accolades and distinctions for her commitment to public service, civics education, the improvement of the legal profession, and access to justice throughout her professional career.

Mary Fairhurst used to relate a story about two strangers on a beach after a storm when hundreds of starfish had washed up on the strand. One of them was scooping up single starfish and tossing them back into the water. The other came up to me and inquired as to why.

Mary told state lawmakers in her 2019 address: “We do make a difference every day. We make a difference individually and collectively. We make a difference by what we do and by what we don’t do. And we make a difference by how we do it. Every day we get to decide what difference we make. To understand that we hold in our hands the power to change a circumstance, a mind, or a life today, right now, is incredible. And we each have that power.”

Mary leaves the love of her life, Bob Douglas, her six siblings, and a large, loving family. You can follow more information about celebrities, including their death, relationships, crimes, and all trending news about celebrities, on the celebrity news section.

Reactions to Mary Fairhurst’s Death

After Mary Fairhurst passed away, many fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

Mary E. Fairhurst passed away aged 64

Jerry Cornfield wrote on Twitter: “Retired WA Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst has died. She left the bench last year amid a third bout of cancer.”

An online user tweeted: “Mary Fairhurst was such a special woman and such a terrific beacon of justice in our state for many years. She joined the ancestors far too early. Peace to you Mary. Everyone you touched is a little bit of a better person.”

One wrote: “RIP Mary Fairhurst. Her statement about miracles and living life are so encouraging. As a cancer survivor, it’s his we have to live. Fairhurst served as Chief Justice from 2017 to 2020.”

Another tweeted: “Sad to hear of Justice Mary Fairhurst’s passing. She was always so kind and generous with her time. She led great initiatives that have improved access to Washington Courts. Rest in power.”

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