2015-06-11 / Obituaries

Mary Edna Colliver

Mary Edna Colliver peacefully passed on to the next world in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Although she will be missed by her family and friends, we know she has been reunited with her beloved husband, Grant, who passed on in December of 2008.

Mary was born Mary Edna Stone, the middle of three siblings, to Floyd Stone and Geneva (West) Stone on Nov. 17,

1919, in San Jose. Mary was born and raised on the 100-acre walnut ranch operated by her father until about 1949. Beside the walnuts, the ranch included vegetable and ornamental gardens, fruit tree orchards, cows, chickens and all the implements of farm life. Mary actively participated in its daily chores.

Both Mary and Grant grew up in San Jose. Both families attended the First Methodist Church, and both attended Sunday school together. Before lasting memories were built, Grant’s family moved to Stockton when the College of the Pacific (COP) was moved there—his father was on the school’s faculty. They met again later in life when Mary attended Delta College in Stockton (majoring in home economics).

Grant was attending COP and both attended Stockton’s Central Methodist Church and participated in the Epworth League, a Methodist organization for young adults. They married in 1941, eventually settling back in San Jose where they raised three boys, Gary, Raymond and Dennis, were very active in First Methodist Church and became founding members of Alum Rock Methodist Church.

When Grant retired in 1980, they moved into a pickup camper on six acres they had purchased previously for that purpose on Chowchilla Mountain Road. Gardens and orchards were very much a part of their lives, so even before beginning to build their new home, new ones were started.

Mary’s life was one of service: first to her family and church, then to friends and strangers that became friends. In Mariposa, she and Grant were active members of Mariposa United Methodist Church and helped establish the county’s Manna House food bank charity.

Also, they began to interact with the local Bahá’í community to which Gary and his wife, Reva, belong. Attracted by the Bahá’í principles of the oneness God, religion, and humanity, and of living a life dedicated to service to make the world a better place, Mary and Grand both accepted Bahá'u'lláh as the latest Messenger of God to humankind and joined the Bahá’í community.

Mary loved children and her last service activities were volunteering for several years as a teacher’s aide in kindergarten classes at Mariposa Elementary School until, in 2012, her mobility became too limited to continue.

Besides husband Grant, Mary was predeceased by her older sister Betty (Stone, Bush) Meadors. She is survived by her younger brother, West Stone, of Jerome, Idaho, by three sons and their families: Gary and Reva and Raymond and Heidi of Mariposa, and by Dennis and Carolyn, of Los Molinos in Northern California; and by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

For her Mariposa friends who may wish to honor Mary’s memory, we suggest gifts in her name to Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County, to Mariposa Open Arms, or Mariposa Manna House.

A memorial service will be announced and held later in the year.

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