Mary Louise Shannon Shriver, beloved wife of Dean Shriver, passed away March 30, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz.
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Mary was born in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 30, 1930, to Omar and Verda (Hager) Shannon. In the aftermath of the Great Depression, Mary's family loaded up their 1916 Woods Mobilette (a converted mail-carrier's vehicle) and hooked up a well-worn trailer topped with metal cone loudspeakers attached to a phonograph which blared hillbilly music that could be heard for miles.
Mary, her brother Dan, Omar and Verda crossed through each of the 48 states from Jacksonville to Portland. Mary shook hands with President Roosevelt on that trip when they passed F.D.R.'s presidential retreat in Warm Springs, Ga.
Her first job was offered to her based on the confidence of her gait as she walked. Mary was outgoing, affectionate and self-driven. Her sense of humor got her through many joyous, difficult, unusual and heartbreaking times in her life.
One of Mary's lifelong passions was poetry, and after publication in several anthologies, she self-published her own collection, "A Very Present Help."
Mary's brand of Christianity did not countenance any judgment of her fellow humans, and she was always self-effacing about her own shortcomings.
Mary married Ernest Barker on Jan. 14, 1950. They later divorced. On July 1, 1961, Mary married E. Dean Shriver, who remained with her to the moment of her death.
Mary adored her five children: Renee (Stuart) Westlake, William Barker Shriver, Marcee (Steve) Long, James Franklin Shriver and Daniel Shriver Miner (Juliet). Her precious grandchildren include Tobi (Jonathan), Kaci, Michael, Daniel, Ariel, Stefan, Jonah, Hannah, Rex (Alaina), Aimee and Aubrey. She also had three great-grandchildren: Tyler, Jordan and Carter.
Mary and Dean lived in Bozeman from 1966 to 1973, and Mary was the secretary in the Athletic Department at Montana State University. After a relocation to Portland, Mary returned to Bozeman for her daughter's wedding. During this visit, she suffered a spinal injury in an accident in the Field House parking lot, leaving her paraplegic for the remainder of her life.
Mary was anything but handicapped and delighted in driving her own car and navigating her "Amigo" motorized scooter with a little squeeze horn that let people know that she wasn't about to slow down. Mary didn't complain about the loss of her legs and only occasionally admitted that she missed dancing.
Her loving family pictures her dancing all over heaven now.
A celebration will be held at the Riverview Cemetery Memorial Chapel in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m.
Mary has requested that donations in her name be made to any of the following: In Touch Ministries, PO Box 7900, Atlanta, GA 30357-9979; Salvation Army, 1001 N. Richey Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716; Casa de la Luz Foundation, 400 West Magee Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 1, 2007