Mary Martha (McAtee) Covey, 94, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at her home in Hood River, Ore.
Services are planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, and friends are invited to join family during a time of visitation on Wednesday, April 29 from 4-8 p.m. Both Mary’s service and time of viewing will be at Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, Ore.
Mary was born Sept. 26, 1920, on the family homestead in the beautiful Madison Valley of southwestern Montana near Ennis. She came as the third child and second daughter of Edward Leonard and Dorothy (Doyle) McAtee. Mary was delivered by her father as the country doctor for the area was with another birth miles away. Two more brothers and another sister completed the family.
She loved the out-of-doors and spent hours with her family and friends climbing the hills, riding her horse and searching for arrowheads and other treasures in her youth.
IN 1937 a man called “Oklahoma” arrived on the scene and captured her heart. Burley Dow Covey and Mary Martha McAtee were married on her 17th birthday, Sept. 26, 1937, at the home of the Methodist minister in McAllister, Mont. Five children were born to this marriage; four daughters and a son.
In the early years, they lived in various places in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oklahoma and back to Montana. She found her spot of Heaven, though, when they came to the Hood River Valley in 1956. With trees to trim, smudge posts to light, fruit to pick and pack and house to clean and paint, lawns to weed and mow, meals to nourish family and friends, and for a time, cooking for the Hood River Christian School. For almost 60 years there was no stopping this energetic woman.
Mary was Grandma Covey to 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren as well as many others who were nurtured by her care and hugs.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 42 years; son Dean Covey; son-in-law Jim Edwards; two grandsons, Jimmy Bowen and Jon Norman; her parents; three brothers: Leonard, Jim and Tom; and sister Alice Gecho.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Jessie (Ted) Robertson, of Provo, Utah, Dorothy (Chuck) Norman, of Parkdale, Ore., Mary Martha (Bob) Zeman, of Mt. Hood, Ore. and Becky (Don) Baldwin, of Hood River, Ore.; daughter-in-law Reenee Galde, of Bend, Ore.; and sister Marjean Tezak, of Sheridan, Mont.
The family would like to thank Mary’s caregivers: Katie Guzman and Teri Radliff, and all the others who gave such wonderful service.
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