Mary L. Gordon passed away on April 29, 2022 at the age of 97 at Valle Vista Manor in Lewistown, Montana. She was born to Charles and Thera Rich on April 20, 1925 in Denton, Montana. Mary attended all 12 years of school and graduated in Winifred, Montana.
Mary worked at the gypsum plant east of Lewistown after her high school graduation. She loved her first job. She went on to other challenging jobs in her life; her primary one was being a homemaker and caring for her family. She also enjoyed gardening and flowers.
She met and married William Murphy from Winifred. To this union one daughter was born, Carol Murphy. Bill, Mary, and Carol traversed parts of the State of Montana as Bill did logging in the Flathead and construction work. They later divorced.
Mary worked in Great Falls for some time. She met and married William Gordon. They enjoyed raising horses in Washington state for several years after returning from working Alaska. Bill was on the pipeline. They later moved back to Winifred where they spent about 10 years before moving to Lewistown. Mary helped care for her mother at the nursing home. Mary and Bill did some traveling to North Dakota to see their grandson and family. It was a highlight. Bill and Mary also spent time with Bill’s son and family; Jimm and Judy Gordon and family and Genevieve and family. Many of Mary’s favorite times were spent with her sister Emy, her best friend. They were two peas in a pod throughout their lives. Long shopping trips in Great Falls were a treat. Mary loved her family dearly and cherished all her special visits with her family and friends.
Mary spent her final years in Lewistown after Bill’s passing in 2004.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Thera Rich; husband William Gordon; son Jimm Gordon; brother Daniel Rich; brother Bob Rich and wife Bonnie; sister Laura Yuill; sister Emy Thompson and husband Paul Thompson; sister-in-law Leslie Rich; and nephews Dale Thompson, Randy Rich and Bill Rich Jr.
She is survived by a brother, Bill Rich; daughter Carol Murphy (Mick), grandson Brice Keyes and family, daughter in law Judy Gordon; her daughter Genevieve Gordon; and many very special cousins, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. She is survived by special friends and neighbors who helped; Ken and Marge Doney, Pam Stokes, and Suzie Snow.
Visitation will be held at the Cloyd Funeral Chapel from 12-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Cloyd Funeral Chapel with committal following at the Lewistown City Cemetery.
Memorials in Mary’s name can be sent to the Winifred Methodist Church, Winifred Senior Center, or charity of one’s choice. Memorials may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.cloydfuneralhome.com