Mary M. Elliott
February 16, 1919 ~ August 23, 2013
Mary M. Elliott, age 94, a longtime resident of Douglas County, WA, died peacefully while surrounded by her family at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Milwaukie, OR on August 23, 2013. She was born on February 16, 1919, in Farmer, WA. Her parents, Robert Heisig and Mary Neudecher, both immigrated from Wiese Graflich, Kreis Neustadt district, Ober Schlesien, Germany, which is now a part of Poland; via Ellis Island. In 1900, Robert homesteaded in Douglas County, with his mother and sister, after joining his brothers, John and Fred, who had settled there previously. In 1915, he married Mary Neudecher, who had recently immigrated, at the Catholic Church in Farmer. Mary Elliott graduated from the one room Shiloh Grade School along with her six siblings. She had to walk three miles to school, but sometimes in the winter was taken by horse and sled. Her future mother-in-law, Mildred Oleta Elliott, while teaching at Shiloh, taught both of her youngest siblings, Eleanor Bennett and Frank Heisig. She graduated from Withrow High School in 1938, which she represented as the Princess in the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee. She married her first and last love, Horace Love Elliott, on February 19, 1939. Horace said of Mary in later years, “The best wife a person could have.” Mary’s last words to her husband were: “It was a good life.” They resided in Withrow for 58 years, then moved to Wenatchee in 1997, after they retired from farming. Mary subsequently moved to her daughter’s and son-in-law’s home in Milwaukie after her husband’s death in 2008.
She had a full life. Shortly after her marriage, they entertained themselves with friends in the winter by skiing behind pickups with a rope tow. Later, skiing was replaced with ping pong, square dancing, and playing pool in the basement. There were always card games: Pinochle, Canasta, and Poker. Many winters were filled with snowmobiling with friends. Summers were filled with cultivating her enormous flower garden and performing a myriad of farm wife and mother activities. There were occasional water skiing and fishing trips to local lakes with the family. She was an avid fisherman. While not a hunter, she was a great shot. Adelbert remembers, while target practicing with pistols, she came out with her apron on to tell the family that dinner was ready, picked up the .38, and shot a near perfect pattern, then returned to the kitchen. She out shot us all. Later in life, bowling became a favorite pastime, which lead to her and Horace becoming champions in the Senior League in Wenatchee. She continued to have a large flower garden. She and her husband, by playing Bingo and gambling at Mill Bay, made a modest compensation towards Indian injustice. To ensure the family would accompany them on an afternoon of gambling, they provided a bribe of $100 each. After Horace died, she loved playing Bingo with her niece, Joyce, and gambling with her sister, Eleanor.
She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Bennett of Wenatchee; her brother, Frank Heisig of Spokane; three children, Adelbert of Santa Cruz, CA, Barbara Ruff of Milwaukie, OR and David of Beaverton, OR; six grandchildren, Michael Charles Love Elliott, Katherine Maria Elliott, Douglas Edward Damm, Timothy Lee Damm, Lewis Dean Elliott, and Catherine D’Ann Burwell; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews, some of whom are like her adopted children.
A Prayer Service with Father Rick Piperiri was held at the River View Cemetery Funeral Home Chapel in Portland, OR on Saturday, August 24, 2013. A luncheon was held at Barbara and Ken Ruff’s house following the Service. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, followed by a luncheon at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 625 S. Elliott Avenue, in Wenatchee. She will buried at the Wenatchee City Cemetery on Western Avenue, alongside her husband, on the same day at 2:30 p.m. Please no flowers. A donation, in her name, may be made to Potential Energy, a nonprofit that brings wood stoves to developing nations, at 2150 Allston Way, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94704; Tel: +1-510-848-8486, or a charity of your choice.