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Friends remember elderly woman found dead on Wednesday

Posted at 7:27 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 15:01:10-04
Police said they are putting extensive resources into solving the murder of an elderly woman, found Wednesday.
Now, we remember her with the help of some people who knew her well.
We have learned from neighbors and friends the woman found dead Wednesday was Mary Trimble. But we've also learned she was so much more, perhaps best known as the top viola player in the city.
"Mary loved life, and she loved making music, she really did," said Shakeh Ghoukasian, Principal Violin II at the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Mary was Principal Viola there for about 15 years until she stepped down about three years ago.
Mary played viola through the heyday of the Vegas showroom, performing with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, and Sammy Davis Junior, to name a few. 
But friends and fellow musicians said she was more than just a talented performer.
"Mary kind of helped me work my way through the political scene and pitfalls and have a successful career in the showrooms and then in the symphonies here in town," said Sharon Street-Caldwell, who played viola with Mary at the Las Vegas Philharmonic. "She was a real mentor to me, and I looked up to her so much because she was such a talented, talented woman."
Street-Caldwell said Mary was the first person she met when she moved to Las Vegas, and the two eventually became stand partners in the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
"She had one of the quickest wits and greatest minds of anyone I've ever met," Street-Caldwell said.
Friends told 13 Action News Mary was a woman of faith who belonged to the Greek Orthodox church.
"She was a great cook, loved to cook Greek food, and always share it with her friend and really enjoyed that," said Ghoukasian.
More than anything, they said she loved life and loved to laugh.
The Clark County coroner said on Friday morning that Trimble's official cause of death is asphyxiation and her death was ruled a homicide.