|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1869|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1934|
Maria (pronounced Ma-rye-ah) was born in Oregon City, the daughter of an Irish immigrant father. She was baptized into the Catholic Church at Oregon City on May 5, 1872 at the age of three. She was raised Catholic. In March of 1892, while visiting her sister, Kate Nails, in Slaughter (now called Auburn) and the Swetts in Ellensburg, she met Elmer Stickney. They married May 2 of the same year. They lived in the Kittitas Valley for the rest of their lives and raised eight children there. An interesting note is that May did not raise her children in the Catholic faith and never attended church. When daughter Effie's granddaughter converted to Catholism in 1969, Effie told her that she had not known that May was raised Catholic until after she herself had married.
May's first child was Earl, who was born in 1893. Next came Anna, Henry, Effie, Mable, Fred, Bertha, and Eva, her last child, was born in 1906.
In 1918, when the World War I troop trains began traveling through Ellensburg, "May" went to work as a cook and baker for the Northern Pacific Railroad lunchroom, known as "The Beanery'. About 1932, the lunchroom closed when the railroad moved its facility to Yakima and May retired. Her granddaughter, Lois, recalls that her grandmother was famous for her pies! May's grandson, George Grimm, recalled she was a terrific baker well known to every engineer from Canada to Mexico that ever went through Ellensburg. Another granddaughter, Betty (Grimm) Jordin, remembered her grandmother made big, thick biscuits. She also recalled the time that her mother (Anna) and grandmother tore down the chicken house on a really hot day due to a weasel.
May is recorded in the Kittitas County Land Deed books as faithfully making mortgage payments, always about lunch time. She was a resident of the county for 43 years and was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge. Her death from breast cancer followed that of her husband by a little more than a month. She had gone to Swedish Hospital once a month for radiation treatment. Her last photo was taken in Seattle at a Penny Arcade in 1933. Elmer and May are buried at the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg.
Bernard Briody (1824 - 1891)
Tamer Swett Briody Babcock (1847 - 1929)
Elmer Elton Ellsworth Stickney (1861 - 1934)*
Earl Elmer Stickney (1893 - 1954)*
Anna Laura Stickney Miller (1896 - 1964)*
Henry Jeremiah Stickney (1898 - 1970)*
Effie Ruth Stickney Kinkade (1900 - 1975)*
Mable Claire Stickney Grimm (1901 - 1990)*
Fred Otis Stickney (1904 - 1989)*
Bertha Hope Stickney Besaw (1905 - 1971)*
Eva Rose Stickney Churchill (1906 - 1975)*
Plot: Block D, Row 9
Created by: Margie & Bob
Record added: Jul 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28353374