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Mary Ellen Joyce Maurer

Antelope, Ore.

unknown - January 11, 2013

Mary Ellen Joyce Maurer, 92, a rancher and resident of Antelope, Ore., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in The Dalles, Ore.
Daughter of Irish immigrants John and Julia Joyce, she was born on the Conroy Ranch near Grass Valley, and grew up in Rattlesnake Canyon, Bakeoven and Pine Grove. She attended Fleming School and Maupin High School.
Along with her parents, brother Toby and sisters, Ann, Kathleen, Barbara and Margaret, she was part of a large family and network of other Central Oregon Irish immigrant families from the Connemara Region of Ireland.
She moved to Portland in the 1940’s and worked at Jantzen Knitting Mills. She played in women’s industrial league bowling, track and field, basketball, and softball. She was about to join the famous Erv Lind Florists softball team when she contracted rheumatic fever, which nearly killed her.
In 1963, she married Donald A. Maurer of Antelope and turned her energies to their life of sheep and cattle ranching. She could rise before dawn to do chores, work hard all day loading hay bales, feeding, fencing, or riding for cows, then make dinner and do paperwork until midnight and do it again the next day.
She is survived by her sister Ann and a small army of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Toby, and sisters Kathleen, Barbara and Margaret.
Graveside services were Jan. 18 at Juniper Haven Cemetery followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madras, Ore.
Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.