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Mary Cosner

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Mary Cosner died May 1, 2013 at Mill Creek Point Assisted Living in The Dalles, Oregon where she had resided for three and one half years.

Mary was born October 6, 1922 in Goldendale, Washington to Robert and Minnie McKillip. She had an older brother and sister who were adopted in their teens.

She grew up in Centerville, Washington where she lived her entire life until she moved to The Dalles in 2009.

She loved the Klickitat Valley and especially the view she had of Mt. Adams from her kitchen window.

Beginning in first grade Mary attended Centerville School until she graduated from high school as Valedictorian in 1940.

She encouraged her children to excel academically and all four children have college degrees.

Mary’s Christian faith began when she was young. One of her fondest memories was getting dressed up and attending church in Centerville. Her family understood that God had given them the land along with the rain and sunshine, and seeds which brought forth the harvest. They took time out each Sunday to give thanks.

Mom always kept her Bible close and read it often. Her faith grew deeper and stronger as the years went by. She was looking forward to Heaven and resting in her Savior’s arms.

Mary was married to Clinton Cosner on August 15, 1942. Two years later her father was unable to continue farming so he leased the farm to Clinton and Mary. They farmed for 40 years. Mary loved living in the big, beautiful farm house which she remembered being built when she was a young girl. Clinton and Mary were married for almost 68 years. They have four children, son Louis and his wife Trish of Centerville, who have two children; Heidi Cosner Fox and her husband Casey of Kennewick, WA and their two boys, CJ and Beau; Kurt Cosner and his wife Barbara of Centerville and their two boys Trace and Nathan; daughter Gail Cosner Nall and her husband John of Redding, Calif., who have three children, Heather Nall Zeller and her husband Eric and their four children Caroline, Emmett, Randall, and Makaria; Abigail Nall Gunter and her husband Nathan and their three children Ellie, Lydia, Hudson, and another boy on the way; Gabriela Nall who lives in Redding; son Robert and his wife Cheryl of Weston, Oregon who have three children, Chantell, Pate, and Juniper; daughter Susan Baxter of Redding, California and her two sons Andrew and Matthew. Along with a very special daughter Danyell Axner and husband Jack and children Lily, Brice and Mason.

Mary was quiet and unassuming. She liked to let Clinton do the talking. Yet, she was very involved in her family and community. Mary meticulously kept all the books for the farm.

She was Home Economics chairman for the Centerville Grange off and on for many years. She loved running the food booth at the Klickitat Co. Fair where she figured out how to turn a good profit.

During the summer she always helped with Vacation Bible School at the Centerville Church.

Mary busied herself with the many activities of being a farmer’s wife.

Mary loved her garden. Every row was straight and there were no weeds. She planted and hoed and weeded and canned tomatoes, corn, green beans, and made the best dill pickles.

Mary also loved going to Maryhill to pick fruit to can.

Perhaps her most favorite time of the year was after wheat harvest when ee would pack up and head to the huckleberry fields. She had a perfectly organized campground where we ate and played games and sat around the campfire. We always took home lots of berries, which were turned into pies and crisps.

Mary had a great love for flowers which was evidenced by the many varieties growing and blooming around the house.

Mary loved Clinton’s big family. His sisters became sisters to her. She also loved her nieces and nephews (some of whom would stop by to see her in The Dalles). She was a great letter writer and kept communication with many people.

Mary greatly loved her children and grandchildren and was very proud of each of them.

Mary unselfishly served those around her. She did not need a lot and looked for the good in others. She lived true to her faith.

A memorial service was held May 6, at the Goldendale Grace Brethren Church. Arrangements are under the care of Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.

Donations may be given in Mary’s honor to the Centerville Grange.

 

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