Maria A. Stout went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, the 23rd of August 2014.
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Maria was one of 13 children born in Selma, Calif., on Jan. 23, 1923, to Manuel and Mary Baptista.
She is survived by five siblings. She was an avid reader from her youth and continued her pursuit of knowledge throughout her adult life. She was artistically gifted and loved to make things with her hands. Maria was musically talented and played the accordion, harmonica and piano.
Maria married Paul Stout on Oct. 12, 1942, at Fort Ord, Calif., and traveled with him throughout his 33-year military career before retiring to Emmett, Idaho, in 1969. She loved to travel and visited much of western Europe as well as her ancestral home on the island of Tercera, Azores, Portugal. She lived in Germany in the 1950s and the Panama Canal Zone during the 1960s.
Maria was a long time member of the Women of the Moose serving in various positions of authority to include being selected to serve as Deputy Grand Regent for the Idaho State Moose Association by the National Office of the Women of the Moose in Mooseheart, Ill. She was also a member of the Rebekah's and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Maria attended Gem Community Church in Emmett for over 20 years. She was a kind and loving person with a genuine love for The Lord. She was known for her generosity toward others and always helped those in need. She had a kind heart and lived a life worthy of emulation.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses; Mary Stout, Michael and Susan Stout and Gloria and Dennis Dickinson, of Emmett and Rosemarie and Bruce Warner of Riverview, Fla. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren, 20 great-grand children and one great-great- -granddaughter.
All who knew Maria will miss her, but we take comfort in knowing that she will spend eternity with Jesus Christ in Heaven and we will see her again. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Place located at 1476 Republic Lane (behind Albertsons).
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24, 2014