GRANGEVILLE: Mariella (Mary) Davis passed away peacefully on Friday, January 19, 2021 at her home
with her daughters by her side. She was born on August 29, 1931 to Harley and Margery (Johnston)
Mumaw in Witchita, Kansas.
The family moved to California where she attended elementary school and graduated from high school.
In her life she worked as a secretary, waitress, cook, and bartender. She owned and managed several
restaurants and a countertop manufacturing shop. She worked for the Forest Service as a fire camp
cook in northern California for several seasons. After moving to Idaho in 1990, she worked forthe Elks
Club and the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center in their kitchen until she retired at the age of 83. She
taught herself upholstery and worked out of her home for individuals and businesses in town.
Mom was musically gifted as she could play by ear and learned to play the piano and accordion. She
enjoyed camping, fishing, cooking, playing bingo and scratch off lottery tickets. She was on various
bowling leagues and played cribbage in Grangeville and Whitebird.
Mom loved to volunteer. She was a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were young; and ran the Elks
Bingo from 1997-2013. She volunteered for many years helping with the Eagles rummage sales, was a
Grangeville Senior Citizen Center board member and manageroftheir library.
Mary is survived by her five daughters; Karen LaCroix, Polly Hamilton, Patty (Clayton) Clark, Peggy
Wright (Wayne Cornett), and Pam (Bob) Swanstrom. She has ten grandchildren and nineteen great
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest (Fuzzy) Davis; sisters Dorothy Temples, Betty Mascoe,
and Margery Pallett; brothers Leroy, Oliver, and Harley Mumaw.
We would like to thank Dr Griffis, Syringa Hospital, and a special thank you to Syringa Hospice forthe
wonderful care they provided for Mom.
At her request, there will be no service and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. Any
memorial donations may be made to the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.