Mary Elizabeth Amarel passed away on June 24, 2013 in Yuba City. A lifelong resident of Yuba City, she was born on March 25, 1930. She was involved in many organizations over her lifetime.
Among her many interests, Mary's family came first. In addition to all of her family activities, she was the owner of Amarel Ceramics Express for more than 40 years. When not involved in the business, she devoted herself to bowling and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Bowling gave her exercise and great enjoyment. Mary's biggest moment in bowling came when she scored 600 for three games allowing her to join the Peach Bowl Women's 600 Club and participate in events with her daughter Rita.
For 61 years, Mary was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Parlor #226, and a member of the Past President's Association of that organization for more than 43 years. She eventually served as the State President for the Past President's Association an accomplishment for which she was quite proud.
Mary's activities also carried her into the civic arena. Two years ago, she was recognized by the Sutter County Clerk and the California Secretary of State for her 60 years of service as an election worker. Mary was also a 4-H leader at both Barry and Franklin Schools. When not being a leader, she supplied ceramic pieces to the 4-H Camps for many years.
Mary also belonged to the Young Ladies Institute of St. Isidore Catholic Church.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Robert Amarel, Sr. She is survived by her son Bob Amarel Jr. (Cooky), and daughter Rita Buttacavoli (Ray); grandchildren Chris Cooley (Gordon), Michelle Neighbor (Steve), John Amarel (Shanann) and Matt Buttacavoli; and great-grandchildren Paige & Parker Wagoner, Delaney & Brady Amarel, and James Cooley.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Friday, June 28 at Ullrey Memorial Chapel with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Isidore Catholic Church on Monday, July 1 at 10:00 AM with burial in Sutter Cemetery immediately following the Service. After the burial, there will be reception in the Parish Hall at St. Isidore Catholic Church. The church is located at 222 Clark Ave., Yuba City, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in honor of Mary be made to the South Butte Parlor #226 N.D.G.W, 1650 Villa Ave., Yuba City, CA 95993.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 27 to June 30, 2013