Mary Josephine Brinlee
60, of Colfax passed away on May 7, 2014 at the Whitman Health & Rehabilitation Center. Private family graveside services have been held and Mary was laid to rest at the Winona Cemetery.
Mary was born on August 16, 1953 in San Bernardino, California to Walter and Ann Pavelak. She was raised for most of her life in Washington and Oregon and she graduated high school in Roseburg, Oregon in 1971. After she graduated she moved back to Rialto and it was there she met William Brinlee. The couple married in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 1976.
Mary worked most of her life as a restaurant line cook and was quite excellent at it. She enjoyed fishing, camping and water skiing with her family and friends and was an excellent wife and mother. After Willie passed away in 1997 Mary became a very independent woman and lived around the western states, residing in Eastern Washington for the last 10 years. She loved living in the northwest, especially Washington. She was also very strong in her faith and enjoyed studying the Bible.
Mary is survived by her daughter Angela Brinlee of California; son Stanley Speir of Montana; brothers John Pavelak, Pete Pavelak; sisters Patricia Sikorski; Anne Pavelak and Sue Gouin as well as three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Willie.
Memorial contributions in Mary's honor are suggested to Lilac Services for the Blind of Spokane. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bruningfuneralhome.com
Bruning Funeral Home - Colfax
109 North Mill Street P.O. Box 739 Colfax, WA 99111
Published in San Bernardino Sun on May 10, 2014