|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1926|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 2001|
Mary Lou DeJanvier, 75, of Grants Pass, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at Three Rivers Community Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Newman United Methodist Church, with Brett Strobel, officiating. Private internment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Lundberg's L. B. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to Lincoln Elementary school's library, 1132 N. E. 10th St., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
DeJanvier was born Dec. 4, 1926 in Jamestown, N.D. She moved to Devils Lake, N.D. as a young child, and graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1944. On June 30, 1961, in Reno, she married Homer DeJanvier, who died in 1998.
She worked for the civil service in Washington, D.C., and then for the U.S. Navy civil service in San Diego. In 1954, she moved to Grants Pass from San Diego. For 20 years, she worked at Lincoln Elementary School and retired in 1991.
She was a member of Newman United Methodist Church, Naomi Fellowship Circle in the Methodist Church, and TOPS OR 523. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts, and at the North Middle School and Josephine County libraries. She enjoyed knitting, camping, and her family.
Survivors include daughter Cindy Johnson of Grants Pass; a son, Chuck DeJanvier of Grants Pass; and six grandchildren.
Mary Lou's favorite color was blue, and she was well-known for her holiday turkey dinners which were delicious! Mary Lou liked most foods, but did not like coconut. Her favorite cake was angel food. Something that Mary Lou is remembered for, is that she knit Christmas stockings for all three of her children, her two son-in-laws, her daughter-in-law, and for all six of her grandchildren. Each stocking has the name of the person knitted into the top. Something that many didn't know about Mary Lou is that she never learned to swim. Even when Mary Lou was well into her 40's, she still had the voice of someone much younger, and on the telephone people would think that she was a young girl, not a middle-aged woman. During most of the years when Mary Lou's children were growing up, the family lived at 831 N.E. 7th Street, in Grants Pass. Wanting to get away from living on such a busy street, the family eventually moved to 819 N.E. 10th Street, also in Grants Pass. The house was in the family until Mary Lou moved to a nursing home during the last year of her life, and the house was sold at that time. Mary Lou had had a problem with diabetes for quite a number of years, which resulted in her loosing part of a leg, about one month before she passed.
For the Grants Pass School District No. 7 Retirement Reception on May 29, 1991, Mary Lou wrote up the following:
It doesn't seem possible that thirty years have gone by. No, I haven't worked for Grants Pass School District that many years but our first child started at Lincoln School in the fall of 1961. Our 3 children and now our grandson have gone to Lincoln so, after all of these years, it's a little sad to be leaving.
I started as a volunteer at Lincoln selling savings stamps and then in 1971 as a two hour lunch room aide. I went to full time as office assistant in 1978. In 1985 I became a Library Aide.
At the end of June, my husband Homer and our grandson Eric and I will travel with our trailer through Yellowstone Park, South Dakota, North Dakota (my home state), Minnesota, back through Canada and on to Oregon. I'll miss everyone but time marches on so now I'll say "Thank You" to everyone, especially Larry, a great Principal and a good friend.
The 1940 United States Federal Census shows Mary Louise McCauley, age 13, living with her parents William C. McCauley (age 57) and Margaret McCauley (age 54). Their address was 624 6th Street, Devils Lake, Ramsey, North Dakota. The family was living at this same location in 1935. A discrepancy is that the U.S. Social Security Act Application for Account Number, dated Dec. 4, 1936, lists their address as 515 6th Street.
When Mary Lou was a teenager in Devils Lake, North Dakota, her two best friends were Evelyn Peterson and Clara Cowan. Evelyn married Norris Amb, although they later divorced. She is buried at Devils Lake Cemetery, near her parents, in North Dakota. Clara married Will Fuerman and they lived for a time in Minnesota. Eventually Clara and her husband relocated to Missouri, but they are buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Devils Lake, ND. The friends always kept in touch, calling each other on their birthdays and writing periodically. Pictures that Mary Lou had of Clara and Evelyn have been added to their memorial pages on findagrave.
Mary Lou was an abandoned baby. After she was found, she was taken to the local hospital, where she stayed until she was adopted by the McCauley family, in the fall of 1927. Mary Lou's cousins, the McMorrans, who lived in the Lawton, Ramsey County, ND area were told about the adoption. They were told that Mary Lou was found in a basket on the McCauley front porch. They were told to never discuss the adoption, or the circumstances of her being found, with Mary Lou.
The surname of Huddleson may be connected to Mary Lou's birth parents. Here is an article about the abandoned baby being found in Jamestown, North Dakota:
The Jamestown Sun
Monday, Dec. 20, 1926 Page 1
FINDS BABY GIRL ABANDONED IN AUTO LEFT FOR FEW MINUTES ON STREET SATURDAY EVENING
Police Tracing Mother Who Left Tiny Baby Well Clothed in Empty Car
Clues as to the identity of the person or persons who left a 2-3 week old baby girl in the automobile of R.S. Sandin Saturday evening between 8:30 and 9:00 were being investigated today by the police authorities with Mrs. Stella Ball Shepley, police matron, in active charge of the investigation.
Driving home Saturday evening from the business district where he and A.F. Janneck had been shopping about 8:30. Mr. Sandin and Mr. Janneck had gone into the Janneck residence and while there discovered that they had left a package in one of the stores. Deciding to return at once for the parcel they went out and upon opening the door of the car, found a baby lying on the seat. They had not been in the house more than ten minutes. Mr. Sandin said, when they decided to go back over to Fifth Avenue, the baby was placed in the car during this interval.
Saw Car Drive Away
Just as Mr. Sandin and Janneck came towards the car they saw a Chevrolet coupe driving so slowly around the corner but did not at that time place any significance on the event.
Shortly before the discovery of the baby in front of the Janneck home, which is at 411 2nd Avenue N. a woman was seen running thru under the railroad viaduct.
Railroad police also saw a seemingly greatly excited woman come into the depot about that time in the evening. She was unable to remain still and seemed to be trying to suppress her emotions. She would walk out on the platform and look up Second Avenue. "Dick" Wild, railroad policeman, became suspicious of her actions and went to the phone to call the police. While telephoning, the unknown woman disappeared and local authorities have so far been unable to trace her movements further.
Belives He Saw Mother
Officer Wild was able to give a good description of the woman and says that he would be easily able to identify her if seen again. She was wearing a good cloth coat and wore black galoshes. She was a woman of about thirty years of age, he said.
Well and Warmly Dressed
The baby, when discovered, was dressed in neat, clean clothing and was wrapped warmly in three blankets. The blankets were wrapped with plain wrapping paper which contained no name or mark of identification. No initials or marks were found on the baby's clothing. A nursing bottle filled with warm water was in the baby's possession.
Officer Seaman who was notified by Mr. Sandin of the discovery, carried the infant into the Janneck home and then called for Mrs. Shepley. Upon her arrival, since Mrs. Janneck did not wish to keep the baby, she took it to Trinity Hospital.
Fifteen requests have already been sent into Mrs. Shepley and the Chief of Police Briggs for the adoption of the child but nothing will be done along this line, Mrs. Shepley said, until a thorough investigation of the abandonment has been made in an effort to find the guilty parties.
Chief of Police Harry Briggs expressed his view that it was very likely the work of some person not a resident of this city and would thus be hard to make a satisfactory investigation. He also said that it was likely that the person placing the baby in the car might not have been the mother of the child but a person hired for that purpose.
"The baby has very pretty features and has real blue eyes and brown hair. It weighs about seven pounds and is seemingly in the very best of health," Mrs. Shepley said.
William Clifton McCauley (1883 - 1948)
Margaret Janet Hood Holt (1886 - 1968)
Leif O'Neil/O'Neal Stokke (1928 - 1977)*
Homer Lewis DeJanvier (1926 - 1998)*
William Delbert McCauley (1907 - 1978)**
Mary Louise McCauley DeJanvier (1926 - 2001)
Eagle Point National Cemetery
Plot: Section 21 Site 1054
Created by: Jan Darby
Record added: Dec 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62910584