Mary Ellen Ladd (some know her as Skip) passed away on March 15, 2021. She was born in Toledo, Washington on April 11, 1933 on a 160 acre farm. Her parents were Andrew and Maude (Lambert) Cooper. She was number of 13 children.
Mary was a good student and wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from high school in Oregon and started college but met Ray Ladd in 1951. They married February 8, 1952 before he was sent to Korea.
Their marriage lasted over 69 years (until her passing) and produced 7 children. Mary was pre-deceased by an infant daughter Linda in 1955. She leaves behind her husband Ray and six children and spouses. Larry (Faye), Cathy (John), Steve (Terri), Darrell (Tracy), Jerry (Jenny), and Joel (Brandi). She has many grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Mary enjoyed her life as a loggers wife. They also owned and operated the Stardust Motel in Curtin for a time. Mary and Ray retired to their home on Row River Road. Ray and her enjoyed their golden years by helping their children with renovation projects. She loved spending time with their large family, especially her grandchildren.
Mary enjoyed country music and liked to sing and yodel. Some of her favorite activities include camping, sitting by a crackling fire and swimming. She loved the water, an icy cold river or a weedy lake. If it was warm out, she was jumping in. Mom also loved crossword puzzles, “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”.
In July, 1973 Mary was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and greatly appreciated the privilege of sharing Bible truths with others. To learn and be able to teach the good news of God’s Kingdom as the only true salvation for mankind brought her great joy and comfort.
She will be missed by all that knew her. A “Celebration of Life” potluck will be held at her son Darrell’s house on June 19th.