Mary E. Mounce

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Fri., May 17, 1946

Mary E. Mounce Taken By Death

Mrs. Mary E. Mounce, 85, a resident of Lewiston and Tammany for the last 64 years and among the best known women in central Idaho, died at 12:30 o'clock yesterday morning at St. Joseph's hospital. She had been at the hospital since April 11 under treatment for injuries sustained in a fall at her home.

Mrs. Mounce, widow of J. Smith Mounce, was born at Center Point, Iowa, Feb. 27, 1861, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Smith. With her parents she came west and the family located at Brush Prairie, Wash., in 1879 and three years later came to Lewiston. The trip from Portland to The Dalles was by boat, from The Dalles to Riparia? To Lewiston by steamer.

Farmed in Tammany

Soon after arriving here Mr. Mounce engaged himself in farming in the rich Tammany hollow, where his brother, the late Lafe Mounce already had settled. He continued operations for many years and then retired. Her marriage to Mr. Mounce was solemnized at Center Point March 20, 1879.

Mrs. Mounce for many years was active in the church and social life of this community. She was a lifelong member of the Christian church and until very recently was active in its work. The Mary Mounce circle of the Christian church is named in her honor. She was a charter member of the church, joining in 1883.

Survivors are two sons and two daughters, Guy C. Mounce, Fossil, Ore.; Carl R. Mounce, Headquarters; Mrs. Mildred Polmans and Mrs. Beatrice Flinn, both of Lewiston; five grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday from First Christian church with the Rev. Marvin E. Smith as the officiant. Interment will be in the family plot in Normal Hill cemetery with Brower-Wann in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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