Mary Stivers Bishop Perret
July 18, 1939 – July 17, 2020
Mary Stivers Bishop Perret was born on July 18, 1939 and passed away on July 17, 2020 and is under the care of Beardsley-Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Mary Stivers Bishop Perret
July 29, 2020
Mary Stivers Bishop Perret passed July 17, the day before her 81st birthday. She was at home, with family, and spent her last moments in her husband Denis Perret’s loving arms.
Mary was born July 18, 1939, raised in Ocean Beach, the child of Ruth Varney and Edwin Stivers. She graduated from Point Loma High School in 1955 and attended the University of Arizona where she took up rodeo and trick riding on horseback. This led to a trip to Brussels, Belgium, with a wild-west show, and on to work as a stunt double for MGM studios, and various western television series. She met her first husband, Gerry Bishop, at U of A. They had one child together, Molly Jeanne Bishop, and divorced in 1964.
Mary gave up the show-biz life and earned her master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University. She taught high school at Morse High here in San Diego (English, History, and Black Studies), and also in Phoenix.
Her next career was as a jazz concert promoter and band manager in Phoenix. She ran a popular jazz club in Phoenix, The Century Sky Room, for many years, and was well-loved and respected in that community. Her Phoenix jazz family have begun talks to re-stage her popular concert series, The Roots of Jazz, and establish a scholarship in her name.
In 1981, while managing the club, Mary met her beloved husband, Denis Perret, who was traveling the U.S. with friends, and visited her establishment while in Phoenix. She invited them to dinner at her home and the next stage of her life began.
Mary moved to France, in the Jura region, in 1982 and worked in various occupations there, where she lived with Denis. In the Jura she learned the art of cuisine and became an amazing cook. She loved traveling to Morocco and produced a documentary film about the people of the Atlas Mountains.
In 1998 Mary and Denis married and moved back to OB. Mary is survived by her husband; daughter, Molly Allen; grandchildren, Eddy, Alex and Grace Allen, and her loving doggies.
July 22, 2020
Ms. Bishop was a well loved teacher at Morse High School. Students of every race and color could reach out to her. I didn’t have her as a teacher, but when I would pass her on campus, she always had a smile. Heaven has gained a great angel. Rest in Heaven Ms. Bishop. You made school a wonderful place to attend. The class on 1971 will always remember you. Tigers for life! Hail Blue, White, and Gold.❤️🙏🏽🌺
July 21, 2020
Miss Bishop, as we knew her, was a beautiful light in our high school experience! She was so wonderfully different, inspiring and fun. She taught me things about the nature of existence that I’ve never forgotten all these years later, and I now teach others.
More recently, we’ve reconnected in FB and the Hair salón! It’s been such a gift to know her again.
Her ideas, beauty and strong will have been an inspiration to my young self, my entire adult life.
I wish her well on her journey.
My heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones, who I’m sure will miss her dearly.