|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1924|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 2010|
Mary Angela Carpenter, 85, of Princeton, passed away at home, Monday, July 12th, after a courageous 16-month battle with cancer.
She was born at home on the family farm at Colton, Wash., on Oct. 15, 1924, to Henry Jr. and Agnes (Broemling) Zellerhoff. Following in her footsteps were siblings Rose, Jeanne, Patricia, Joe, Vonnie, Nettie, Rita, James, and John. Mary and her sister Rose rode horseback to attend Guardian Angel Grade school in Colton. Following the death of their mother, Mary ceased going to high school and stayed home to help raise her siblings. She had an acute motherly instinct and was always there for her brothers and sisters.
She met Bob Carpenter at a dance and they were married May 5, 1947, at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Their first home was in Lewiston until 1953 when they moved to the Thorn Creek area at Uniontown, and lived there until 1956. They then moved to her father's farm at Colton where they farmed and raised a family for the next 12 years. In 1968 they moved to Hatter Creek at Princeton, Idaho, and have ranched there ever since.
Mary was always a happy person. She was a stay-at-home mom and, at times when the children went through childhood illnesses, she was especially a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes for weeks at a time, she was unable to leave the house because an illness was passed from one child to the next. Mary never learned to drive, but in spite of that she earned a reputation as the best cook on Hatter Creek. Mary took particular delight in cooking for and feeding the hungry. Her experience cooking for harvest crews in her youth served her throughout her life. No one ever left her kitchen table without loosening their belt a notch and moaning a contented sigh. She fed harvest crews, business associates, growing boys and girls, stray neighbor children, or anyone who showed up around dinner time. Mary felt it her duty to feed the hungry and no one who ever ate at the Carpenter house will forget the hearty and delicious cooking enjoyed there. Mary's homemade bread will be revered for years by anyone who slathered melting butter and jam on it, as something out of heaven's ovens. She made her home a place where her children could come home to and recuperate, no matter what life disaster had occurred.
Mary also loved hunting for treasures at yard sales. She particularly liked dolls. She had an eye for items that would tickle the fancy of children and grandchildren. After her children had moved out on their own, she loved to travel, but she was just as excited about a trip to Walmart as she was about a trip to Mexico or Alaska.
Mary's children always will remember her as the woman who gave them the straightest advice ever given: love, feed, and take care of your spouse and children, pay your bills, clean up after yourself, a "thank you" costs you nothing, and don't ever forget that someone out there has had it much harder than you and came through with dignity and grace. Mary was a child of the Great Depression, and she lived through World War II and every event thereafter. She will always be remembered as one of the women whose hard work, compassion, and pioneer spirit built America into the greatest nation in the world.
She was affectionately known as "Grandma Mary" to 29 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren (and a couple on the way). One granddaughter said, "It didn't matter how many grandchildren they had, they always made you feel like you were the special one, the grandchild above all the rest."
Mary is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years and twelve children. She also is survived by seven siblings, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her sister Rose, brother John, and two great-grandchildren.
The Rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 628 S. Deakin St., Moscow, Idaho, with the service to follow at 1:30. Burial will take place at Freeze Cemetery, Potlatch, Idaho, with a dinner to follow at the Princeton Church of the Nazarene.
Kramer Funeral Home in Palouse, Wash., is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials be made to Family Home Care & Hospice, Pullman, WA.ŚMoscow-Pullman Daily News, Thursday, July 15, 2010
Plot: Northeast of the church
Created by: C Rhoades
Record added: Oct 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98397743
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