Mary Rose (Case) Stone, born Sept. 7, 1920 in San Diego, rode away into the sunset on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

A resident of Green Valley since 2004, Mary loved the Sonoran Desert.

Mary spent most of her life in the mountains and on the desert of Southern California. Following her mother's trail (who once, between 1910 & 1915, rode horseback from San Diego to Seattle), her passion for life and horses took her on travels and trail rides around the world to such places as Spain, France, South America, Mexico, Turkey and Greece.

In 1937, after having been rodeo queen at Victorville, Yucaipa, Palm Springs and other rodeo towns, she went to Salinas to participate in a statewide competition for Miss Outdoor Girl of California, which she won.

An actress and stunt double in western films and movies such as "Northwest Passage" and "The Werewolf," as well as television series such as "Wild Bill Hickok," "Have Gun Will Travel," "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" and many more. In fact, at the tender age of 16, it was John Wayne and others who purchased Mary's Screen Actors Guild Card, which started her on her way to acting and stunt riding. She then taught John how to square dance.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Kendall J. Stone, lifelong cowboy and former undersheriff of San Bernardino County.

Survived by her three children: Rosemary Cline of Green Valley, AZ, Kendall J. Stone of Acton, CA & Jon E. Stone of Apple Valley, CA; 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, so many friends with whom she considered an extension of her family " Mary never met a stranger who did not become a friend!

A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living in Amado (I-19 South, Exit 48 E to 2050 Territory Lane).

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Sept. 4, 2013