Mary MacLeod Bess

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Mary MacLeod Bess

Mary grew up in northern Maine, spending the school years there and summers with grandparents, splitting time between Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island, Canada.  She graduated high school and left for Switzerland where she spent an exchange year.  Mary was placed in the German-speaking region of Switzerland and attended school there for a year.  Mary returned to the US and started university at Boston University but soon returned to Switzerland for a semester abroad in Zurich.  She transferred to the University of Maine, did another semester abroad in Salzburg, Austria and then graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in German.

During her college years, at the suggestion of her uncle, who lives in Jackson, Mary had taken a fun summer job at a rafting company here in the valley.  She found herself as the de facto General Manager in the summer of 2004.  Mary met her husband at the river company and were married the same year.  She went back to school for two years and got a B.S. in Elementary Education and took a job in Southern Utah teaching first grade.

Mary taught school for two years while running the river company remotely in the winters.  After the arrival of their daughter, Mary and her husband decided to make Jackson their permanent home.  Two years ago, after 18 years in the river business, Mary retired from the river industry and took a position with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, working on marketing, content and product development. Just over year ago, Mary and her family were fortunate enough to win the Jackson housing lottery and purchased an attainable unit in Melody Ranch.  It’s the first time their children have lived in a neighborhood and they are grateful for the housing opportunity.  Mary feels incredibly fortunate to be a member of this community and could not imagine living anywhere else.

Phone: (307) 733-9417
685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001