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Mary Taylor Fitzgerald, 95, of Lakeview, Ore., passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, after a short illness.
Recitation of the holy rosary will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, followed by the mass of Christian burial at 1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lakeview. Interment will follow at the family plot at Sunset Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the Lakeview Eagles Lodge. Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mary was born in Lakeview April 22, 1918. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1936. As a Daly Fund recipient, she attended Oregon State University and continued on to get her teaching certificate from Southern Oregon College of Education.
Mary was married to Cornelius "Bob" Fitzgerald March 4, 1946, in Old St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, then returned to the family ranch in Plush, Ore. They were married for 49 years.
Known by many as Mother Mary, she enjoyed playing bridge and participating in her children's activities and was active in promoting the cattle industry by serving as a local and state Cattlewomen president. She was recognized by Oregon State University with the Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Award. Proud of her Irish heritage, she was the family historian and left a wealth of information. Throughout her life, she worked as the Plush School teacher, for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, summers for the U.S. Forest Service, as a switchboard operator, and bank assistant and wrote for the newspaper.
During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy with the WAVES and had lunch with President Roosevelt. She was a lifetime member of Soroptimist, served for many years as the GGG's advisor, was a member of the AAUW and Lake County Historical Society, was instrumental in establishing the Irish Room at the Lake County Museum and was active in numerous civic organizations. She loved the Lake County Round-Up, attending the first rodeo and not missing one until she turned 92. While a lifelong resident of Lake County, she also resided for many years at Crystal Terrace, Klamath Falls, Ore. She was a gracious hostess, rarely meeting a stranger and was genuinely interested in the stories of the people she met. She loved her family and cherished her friends.
Mary is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Virginia Taylor; sisters, Cherry Taylor and Suzanne Butler; sister-in-law, Nalene Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Con and Sally Fitzgerald; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Richard Bradbury; daughters, Patricia Adair and Sharon Sue Fitzgerald; grandchildren Richard Bradbury, Major William and Mia Miles, Ricarda and Jesse Braatz, Ben Adair, Con and Miranda Fitzgerald, Brendan and Megan Fitzgerald, Maura and Gareth Fisher, and Sam Ugalde; great-grandchildren Major and Jagger Miles, Erik McCowan, Maura and Robin Braatz, Oscar Fisher, and Malia Fitzgerald; and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Con and Mary "Mae" Taylor; husband, Bob Fitzgerald; brother, Barry Taylor and sisters, Nora Taylor, Sharon Taylor, and Theresa Fetsch.
Memorial donations may be given to Lake County Library Building Fund 513 Center St., Lakeview, OR 97637, or to a
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Published in Herald And News on Oct. 2, 2013