She was raised on a 60-acre cattle ranch near Aurora, Colo. Mary had nine brothers and sisters. Each morning, Mary and her sister Anna and brother Jack would ride on their horse to a one-room schoolhouse. After school there were many chores to be done. The ranch was lost after the stock market crash in 1929. Mary’s family moved to Denver, where Mary continued her education.
At 17 years of age in 1936, Mary was married to Ralph Looker. They were married until he passed away 49 years later.
Mary was elected Queen of Industry after selling the most tulip bulbs for Payless (Now Rite Aid) in 1968. She won a trip to Hawaii for her accomplishment. She was also hostess for the State of Oregon at the World’s Fair in British Columbia.
During the ’50s, Mary went back to school and became a CNA and learned to care for the mentally handicapped. She opened a home where she cared for 12 people at a time and helped them learn to live on their own.
After the loss of her husband Ralph, Mary wed his best friend Richard Pfremmer. They moved to Smith River in 1987. She then went back to work in getting the toll off the phone lines in Del Norte County. Mary took care of the photo department at the Del Norte County Fair for seven years. She was a Foster Grandparent at the Smith River School for six years.
Mary and Ralph had one son, Paul, who passed away in 1985. She had three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mary’s life has been rich and full.
She is survived by her grandson, Kevin and Sara Looker of Chico, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Melody; niece, Ruth Farmer, and her close and dear friends, Laurie and Rick Shine.
Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Friday, February 22, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with Funeral Services starting at 1 p.m.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.