Mary Do

Obituary of Mary Alice Do

The Reverend Mary Alice Treat Do, born in Tucson, Arizona on January 16, 1952, died in Tucson, Arizona on April 14, 2023.

In 1971, Mary Alice married Manh Van Do and lived in Vietnam with him for over two years as missionary for the Church of Christ and escaped in 1975 just before the fall of Saigon. She and Manh then helped Southeast Asian refugees re-settle in Tucson. Mary Alice graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and from San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. She was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1993. She served churches in San Leandro, California; Douglas, Arizona; and Tucson, Arizona.

While she herself struggled with severe depression, she was a proponent of hope and recovery, worked with people with serious mental health challenges and collaborated and encouraged churches to welcome and support people with mental illnesses. She believed we respond to God’s love by helping other people have a better life. She authored her autobiography “Journey Toward Wholeness”. She believed God fully and completely loves each one of us, and realizing this transformed her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jay Emery Treat and Mary Jo Curry Treat and her husband Manh Van Do. She is survived by her three daughters and four granddaughters: Diem Do married to David Klaman and their daughter Dani; Mary Lynn Do and her daughters Miranda and Keira; and Alethea Mai Do and her daughter Lily along with her brothers Jay Curry Treat, James Emery Treat and Joseph Melvin Treat.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 5 at 2pm at First Christian Church located at 740 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719.

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