Mary Ann Justesen was born June 6th, 1942, to Charles Wade Powell and Mary Bell Edith Buchholz in Bellingham, Washington. She passed away on May 6th, 2014, at her home of 46 years, with her loving family by her side.
Mary Ann was born the only child of Mary (Buchholz) Fields; she was the oldest half sibling in the Charles Wade Powell Family. Mary Ann spent her childhood in the metropolis of Kent, OR, where she proudly attended the Kent Baptist Church. She played both volleyball and basketball at Sherman High School, class of 1960.
Mary Ann met and married the love of her life, Edgar Leigh Justesen, on June 24, 1961. They lived together in Kent, OR until they moved to Grass Valley in the summer of 1968 where they raised three children with love, laughter and attendance at every school sporting event possible.
Mary Ann worked at the Grass Valley Market as a meat wrapper, the Grass Valley Post Office as the Post Master and most recently, Sherman County Community Transit as a bus driver. She was the favorite among the bus drivers with her endless stories and frequent, “oh my Gorsh” reactions to her eclectic group of riders.
Mary Ann’s hobbies included any and all type of craft work, sewing, quilting and especially counted cross stitch. She was also a master Scrabble player, often accused of cheating by her grandchildren due to her ability to out-play them at every turn. She was a tireless sports junky: She enjoyed traveling to various schools throughout Oregon as well as Washington, taking audience with whatever grandchild was playing their sport for the season, and always their biggest fan.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 53 years, Edgar Justesen (Grass Valley, OR); daughter Deb Miller (East Wenatchee, WA); son Jeffrey Justesen (wife Dawn, The Dalles, OR) son Joe Justesen (wife Dionne, Wasco, OR); mother Mary Fields (The Dalles, OR); half siblings; Stephen, Charlie, Larry, Doug and Theresa; and six richly loved grandchildren; April, Laura, William, Maggie, Jacob and Jaelyn.
A memorial service for this amazing lady will be held on Saturday, May 31st at Sherman Elementary in Grass Valley, OR, (3:00 pm) followed by a Celebration of Life at the Grass Valley Pavilion. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Grass Valley Pavilion Fund, Potlatch or to the Sherman County Athletic Foundation.
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