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Mary Elizabeth Gilmore Alturas resident, Mary Elizabeth Gilmore, former elementary school teacher and member of Faith Baptist Church, went to be with our Savior on July 16th, 2014, enduring her illness with much grace and dignity. Mary, also known to some as Betty, was born in Antlers, OK in 1931. She met Jim Gilmore in Albany, OR and they were married in 1949. They raised four children: Karen, David, Darrell and Beth and lived in several locations. But the family's favorite home was at the "big house" in Hydesville, CA, where God's love was evident to all friends and relatives who came to visit. Such wonderful memories will never be forgotten. It was the encouragement of her sister-in-law, Ima Lance that influenced Mary to get a GED and a teaching degree while raising her family. Mary taught 2nd grade at Ambrosini School in Fortuna, CA for a number of years. She furthered her education by getting another degree to teach Special Education at Alturas Elementary School in Modoc County after their move to Alturas in 1986. Mary's strong beliefs were evident in her service to the Lord in her home churches whether at the Nazarene Church in Fortuna, the Faith Baptist in Alturas or other congregations in the area. Mary reached out to help those in need and was a support and encourager to believers. After her husband, Jim died in 2006, she devoted herself to friends and family in prayer, holding many Bible studies, prayer times and lunch groups for women. Mary enjoyed quilting for her family and loved ones. Gardening and going fishing were lifelong hobbies. She also enjoyed the wildlife around her home. Mary is survived by a large family and many friends: sister, LaVerne Morrison of OK, sister, Dottie Welsh of AZ, brother, Oren McDonald of FL, and brother, Norvelle McDonald of CA, daughter, Karen Baty and her husband Edd, of Alturas, CA, son, David Gilmore of Fortuna, CA, son, Darrell Gilmore and his wife Sandy, of Fortuna, CA, daughter, MaryBeth Brownlow and her husband Greg of Alturas, CA, grandchildren: Hillary Nichols, Shawn Branson, Jonathan Baty, Ron Brownlow, Rhet Rinehart, Nick Rinehart, Stacey Glee, and their respective spouses, Breanne Gilmore, Trevor Gilmore, James Brownlow, Jeremiah Brownlow and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life on July 25th, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Faith Baptist Church in Alturas, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on July 23, 2014
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