Mary Edna Scholes, 82, went to be with her Lord on Jan. 11, 2013. Her twinkling eyes, warm laugh and feather-light touch will be missed here on Earth.
Mary is survived by her life dance partner and beloved husband of 53 years, Jerry Scholes, her cherished daughters Linda and Abby, and four treasured grandchildren. She is also survived by her special brother Harley and sisters Elinor and Rosie.
Born in Wollotchet, Wash., on Nov. 11, 1930, Mary was one of nine children. After her father died in 1946, Mary dropped out of school to help her mother support the family. From a young age, Mary was caretaker to her younger brother Harley, who was born developmentally disabled. She nurtured this relationship until her health no longer allowed her to do so.
Mary married Jerry in 1959 and mothered two girls, Linda and Abby. In conjunction with their Coastal Refrigeration business, Mary also managed a Good Humor Ice Cream business for six summers. She had 13 small Subaru trucks and hired 11 teenagers who all adored “Mom Mary.” They supplied cool treats to neighborhoods from Tacoma to Everett, Wash., selling more than 100 dozen bars a day.
After the girls “left the nest,” Mary and Jerry moved to Alaska in 1979 with their Coastal Refrigeration business. Mary faithfully attended Grace Bible Church with her husband, as well as the annual Lutefisk dinner at the Lutheran Church. Mary refrained from lying and cursing, choosing to be patient and content. She preferred to listen rather than talk, to read rather than watch, and above all, to love anyone in need.
A private burial was held Jan. 17 at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer, Alaska. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Community Church on Barlett Street in Homer. Pastors Floyd Seekins and Vince Porte will officiate.
Flowers are welcome at the service. Memorial donations are to be made to Homer Hospice in memory of dear Mary.
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