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Mary Jordan Gorton
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1918
Columbia Falls
Flathead County
Montana, USA
Death: Dec. 10, 2005
Ada County
Idaho, USA

The Idaho Statesman | Edition Date: December 14, 2005

On Dec. 10, 2005 Mary passed on to eternal life surrounded by her husband of 64 years and her children. Mary was born on March 28, 1918 to Arthur Lewis and Eva Huntsinger Jordan of Columbia Falls, Mont. Mary attended high school at Columbia Falls High School and nursing school at St. Patrick's School of Nursing in Missoula, Mont., graduating in 1939. Mary met Shoup in the summer of 1940 while she was employed by Caribou County Hospital in Soda Springs, Idaho. They dated that summer until Shoup went back to school at the University of Denver in September and Mary moved to New Mexico to work for the Navajo Indian Medical Services. They kept in touch, nurturing their love and married on Dec. 27, 1941. After World War II, following Shoupīs career move, Mary worked from 1946 to 1952 as a skilled and caring nurse in Preston, Caldwell, and Weiser. Moving to Boise in 1953, she worked for Drs. Jamie Chapman, Jerome Burton and Richard Gardner through 1965. Mary was a parishioner and helped at St. Michaelīs Lenten Lunches for 17 years, a volunteer for Red Cross blood drawings and was on the Veterans Hospital Committee on Animal Research. Mary enjoyed gardening, camping, fly fishing, golfing, reading, crossword puzzles, skiing, collecting American Indian art (started by her childhood friend, artist Ace Powell), playing cards, driving her red Jaguar and traveling. Shoup retired in 1978 and for the next 24 years they traveled four times each to Scotland, New Zealand and Hawaii, France twice, Germany, Italy and Jamaica once, Arizona eight times, two trips to Alaska to fish for silver salmon and see the glaciers, three times to British Columbia, Canada and one cruise through the Panama Canal. Mary was a fun loving, witty, extremely intelligent lady---a legacy she has so beautifully passed on to us all. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Donald, John and Robert, her sisters Rachel, Dorothy, Margaret Ellen and Elizabeth and her son Ralph S. Gorton III. Mary is survived by the love of her life, Shoup, her son Robert (Renae), and her daughter Kathleen ( Jon Seetin). She also leaves behind five grandchildren, David (Joanne), Patty Ann (Patrick) Jennifer (Jack), Jill and Jody, and five great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Danny, Tyler, Mike and Andy. The Gorton family would like to thank Terese and her wonderful staff at Ivy Place for their tender and loving care. We would also like to thank Mary Ellen, Honor and Mark of Four Rivers Hospice for their very special care. Services will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Michaelīs Cathedral. Burial will follow in Terrace Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mary to The Alzheimerīs Association of Greater Idaho, 1111 S Orchard, Boise ID 83705; to The Idaho Youth Ranch, PO Box 8538, Boise ID 83707; to St. MichaelÂīs Cathedral Memorial Fund, 518 N 8th St., Boise ID 83702; or a favorite charity.
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  Ralph "Shoup" Gorton (1919 - 2013)
  Ralph Shoup Gorton (1942 - 1968)*
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Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens
Ada County
Idaho, USA
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Record added: Jun 22, 2011
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Mary <i>Jordan</i> Gorton
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