Mary Alice (Rehder) Ewing
In the early afternoon of June 24, 2021, Mary Alice (Rehder) Ewing peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior. Mary was born on May 21, 1931 in Cottonwood, Idaho to Mamie and Carl Rehder at the homeplace at the base of Cottonwood Butte where she joined her older brothers Lee and Don.
She attended school in Cottonwood and graduated from Cottonwood High School as school Valedictorian in 1949. She attended nursing school in Lewiston. Mary met Jim Ewing in Lewiston on a beach in the summer of 1950 and they were married on December 2, 1950. Mary spent her career working in Doctor’s offices as a medical assistant and secretary. Jim entered the military in early 1951 and Mary stayed in Clarkston with her in-laws and grew very close to her sisters-in-law and their families. In 1955, Bradley James was a welcome addition to the family. Then Roger Roy born in 1957 and her little angel daughter Jama Kathryn was born in 1959 and their family was complete. She had 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She enjoyed being a grandma and spending time with grandchildren regularly.
Mary and Jim lived in Lewiston and travelled to trap shoots throughout the region and they attended many square dances. One of her many talents was skinning deer after Jim’s successful hunts. During the winter months they travelled to many trap shooting events in Arizona making lifelong friendships along the way. The highlight of Mary’s week was spending time with sisters-in-law and nieces which earned the name the ‘group’. They moved to Keuterville in 2009 and spent countless hours on the porch looking across the camas prairie. They enjoyed many hours with the Rehder families and many friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, son Brad, son-in-law Russ Jaderquist, grandson Brock. She is survived by her husband Jim of 70 yrs, son Roger, daughter Jama, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister and brother-in-law Charlene and Richard Spooner and many nieces and nephews. Mom loved to dance and we’re sure she is dancing in her eternal life. Funeral and burial are planned for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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