Mary Elizabeth Wilson, a lifelong resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Feb. 17, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born on July 11, 1931, the daughter of Jerry and Mattie (Fry) Ferguson.
Mary married Art Wilson in 1948. Soon after Mary and Art were married, they built a house in Kettle Falls where they reÂ¬sided for the rest of their lives. It was in this home where they raised three children, Lanaa, Rick, and Rauna.
Mary enjoyed traveling with her husband Art throughout Panorama Land, singing and playing music in a small country band. They performed throughout the area, playing for several events and a lot of Grange danceâ€™s back in the day. She also enjoyed spending time on Lake Roosevelt with a boat they bought around 1960. Water skiing and camping became a big event every summer. Mary and Art liked camping out over the years and it seemed like Snag Cove became their main choice to spend their summer vacations.
All of Maryâ€™s children and grandchildrenâ€™s birthdays were a very special event throughout the years. All holidays were a special occasion for gathering with friends and family. Even something as simple as Valentineâ€™s Day was just as important.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Art, in November 1991; by her mother, and father, Jerry and Mattie Ferguson and her brothers, Elmer, Roberts, and Albert Ferguson.
She is survived by her daughter, Lanaa (Rick) Henderson, Kettle Falls; WA; Rick Wilson, Kettle Falls; Rauna Wilson, Kettle Falls; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren. She was soon to be a great-great grandÂ¬mother.
Lanaa, Rick and Rauna have special memories of their Mom as being a beautiful, loving, and caring person. She did what momâ€™s do the very best. She loved us all and we will dearly miss her. She will be in our hearts forever.
Funeral service for Mary will be on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville, with a Graveside Committal to follow at Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls. After the graveside service, all are welcome to join with the family for food and fellowship at the Agricultural and Trade Center in Colville.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.