Mary Ruth McShane, 64, passed away Feb. 5, 2014, in Hood River, Ore. She was born Dec. 23, 1949, in Bloomington, Ill.
Mary grew up in Danvers, Ill., where she was a cheerleader and loved to go fishing with her father. She met her husband, Terry McShane, in Bloomington, Ill., on New Year’s Eve in 1969. They were married Aug. 1, 1970.
Mary and Terry moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1974 when Terry was transferred by State Farm Insurance as an underwriter. Mary and Terry had their first daughter, Tara, in 1975. In 1977 Mary and Terry moved to Port Orchard, Wash., where they opened and ran a successful insurance agency. They had a second daughter, Tami, in 1980.
Mary and Terry were very successful and involved with State Farm over the years, holding many positions along the way. Eventually their family settled in Hood River, Ore., in 1994 where they ran Terry’s office for State Farm.
Mary will be remembered for so many things. She was a very active volunteer and employee of the local Elks Lodge. She made hand-painted pottery and glassware that has been sold all over the Pacific Northwest. She had a wonderfully positive and vibrant personality that was able to bring a smile to just about everyone’s face.
Mary was always a hit at the karaoke bar as she loved to sing. Her love of singing karaoke was responsible for more than a few memorable adventures that she and Terry had. Mary’s unmistakable laughter will be missed by all of her friends and family, of which there are many.
Mary loved her family dearly. She had a total of six grandchildren, whom she took every opportunity to spoil. Even though her family was spread across the state of Oregon she was able to make time for everyone in her family.
Mary is survived and will be dearly missed by her husband of 43 years, Terry McShane, of Hood River; daughters Tara McCoy and her husband, Brian, of Oregon City, Ore., and Tami Conklin and her husband, Nate, of La Grande, Ore.; grandchildren Natalie Yates, Sophie McCoy, Raegan Yates, Isaac McCoy, Addison Conklin and Alivia Conklin; and siblings Janice Bodley and William Hunter.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in memory of Mary to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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