Mary Lou Maurer was born June 8, 1930, in Hood River, Ore., and passed away April 19, 2011, at the age of 80, with her son and daughter by her side at her home in Odell, Ore.
Mary grew up in the upper Hood River Valley where she attended and graduated from Parkdale High School. She was selected as prom queen during her senior year and served as valedictorian of her 1948 graduating class.
After graduation, Mary met a newcomer to the valley, Alma Newell Godfrey, and they were married on July 23, 1948, in Vancouver, Wash. They spent 48 years together enjoying their family, bowling and playing cards with their friends.
Mary started working nights at Diamond Fruit Growers during her high school years. In 1955, she went to work for Duckwall-Pooley and retired after 36 years in 1991.
Throughout her life, Parkdale Community Church and her family were always important. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in their respective sports. Her other hobbies included sewing, knitting and crocheting.
Mary Lou Godfrey was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alma Newell Godfrey; mother, Lottie Miller; father, Fred Maurer; sister, Betty Poole; and one grandchild, Jamie Iles.
Mary is survived by her son, Jim Godfrey and his wife, Jean; daughter Sharon Kahler; and stepsister, Glenna Bartlett. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Larry Godfrey and Ray Godfrey (Kay); sisters-in-law Joan Robertson and Connie Bahler; and dear cousins Barbara Jean Johnson (Jerry) and William Stuart (Lynn).
Other survivors include grandchildren Mandie Godfrey, Richard Hicks (Sarah Latum), Rusty Hicks (Christina), Jay Hicks (Laurie) and Tia Stampflee (Sean); and her nephew and niece, Rod Poole (Kris) and Denise Hernandez (Jesus). Mary had 12 great-grandchildren, with one more due July 16; and four great-nieces and -nephews.
Funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Graveside rites will follow at the Upper Valley Cemetery of Parkdale.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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