Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Crofts to celebrate journey of the heart

Express Staff Writer

Mary Austin Crofts. Courtesy photo by Jack Williams

Many people know Mary Austin Crofts as the chipper leader of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Or perhaps from her time with the Blaine County Recreation District. And some were a part of her enviable love story with Kim Crofts.

Crofts is a local through and through, and when her retirement with Kim in a tropical paradise was destroyed by murderous robbers who took her husband's life on Sept. 12, 2008, she relied on her local legacy to heal.

The result is a beautifully told memoir, "The Love of My Life: One woman's journey of the heart," which she will celebrate Monday, July 16, with a thank-you party at Ketchum's Sawtooth Club from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The public, those many named and unnamed in her book who helped shape her post-catastrophe life, is invited to join in the no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. Books will be available from Chapter One, but "the biggest reason for the party is to thank you," she said. "The experience has left me with a feeling of personal triumph. There are so many people I want to thank for helping me come back with more strength than before."

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