Mary Lou Groth(1937 - 2014)

Mary Louise Hunter Groth, 77, of Ririe, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at The Gardens Assisted Living Center in Rigby.

She was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Idaho Falls to David Earl Hunter and Mary Ella Olney. Her mother died when she was very young and she was raised by her father, Earl, and mother, Hettie Hunter. She attended schools in Ririe, graduating from Ririe High School.

On Nov. 30, 1955, she married John Harvey Groth in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were blessed with three daughters and one son.

In addition to being a homemaker, mother, farmer and rancher's wife, Mary Lou worked as a teacher's aide, a migrant coordinator and a laborer.

Mary Lou was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; she served in various callings, including Primary secretary.

She loved music and sang with the Chansonnettes singing group for 25 years and sang at many funerals over the years.

Mary Lou is survived by her daughters, Shawna Marie (Randy) Branch of Snowville, Utah, Susan (Lyle) Schwartz of Idaho Falls and Jana Lee (Derek) Inns of Rexburg; sister, Lila (George) Wilkerson of Idaho Falls; brothers, David E. (Bobbie) Hunter of Castor Valley, Calif., Robert A. (Berta) Hunter of Ririe and Charles M. (Sue) Hunter of Idaho Falls; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Harvey Groth Jr.; and great-grandson, Stellan Branch.

The family expresses appreciation to Hands of Hope Hospice and the entire staff at The Gardens for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at the Ririe Stake Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services, both at the church. Burial will be in Ririe-Shelton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of Utah, 855 E. 4800 South, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84107.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Funeral Home

Eckersell Funeral Home
101 West Main St.  Rigby, ID 83442

Published in Post Register on Mar. 28, 2014