Mary A. Kaiser
Apr 13, 2013 - Jan 28, 2013
Mary A. Kaiser, 105, died in Riverton January 28, 2103. A celebration of her life service will be held at the Davis Funeral Home on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 10:00 am with Pastor Mark Thurman of the Riverton Methodist Church officiating. A reception will follow at the Riverton Methodist Church 1116 West Park Ave.
Mary Ann Gaber was born April 14, 1909, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Lawrence and Mary (Tolar) Gaber. The family moved to Hudson in 1908. Her father died of tuberculosis in 1909, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Mary attended school in Hudson through the 10th grade. She worked for board and room to attend her junior year in Lander, and then in 1924 completed her senior year in Laramie at the University of Wyoming. She continued to study at the University for her Teaching Certificate. After teaching elementary school in Hudson at Lyons Valley from 1925-27, she returned to Laramie to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 1929. Following this she taught high school in Mountain View (3 years), Worland (2 years), Thermopolis (5 years) and retired from Casper after 10 years there. Mary seemed to have a special relationship with her students and felt that by offering encouragement and praise she could help improve their lives. As a collegiate, Mary pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and had been a member for over 75 years. Mary worked her way through college and one of memorable times was working for a professor, Dr. Grace Raymond Herbard. Dr. Herbard was most noted for her contribution to recording the early history of Wyoming.
Mary was a member of the Riverton United Methodist Church.
Mary married Curt Kaiser, Sr. in 1954. They resided in Shoshoni for many years, where Curt owned a car dealership and service station and Mary was a homemaker. After Curt’s death in 1975, she spent her winters in Arizona and the warmer seasons in the Gaber family home in Hudson. She become one of the first residents in the Sertoma senior development and enjoyed living there until her late 90’s when she moved to Homestead Senior Facility eventually moving to the Wind River Health Center.
Mary was a gifted gardener and had a beautiful yard and flower garden in both Hudson and Shoshoni for many years. She was an avid reader and continued to read her daily newspapers to keep up on current events. Mary was a caring friend and neighbor. She was a caregiver to family members and friends who were elderly or in ill health. Even as a resident in both assisted living and nursing care, Mary would visit other resident to offer a greeting in hopes to brighten their day. She continued to have a positive attitude and ready smile.
Mary had a very full life. She loved the teaching profession, enjoyed her family and her busy life with her husband and had the opportunity to travel with her friends. All who knew Mary will have fond memories of their time with her.
She survived by stepdaughter, Mary Lou Crow; grandchildren, Becky (Eric) Moeller, Vincent (Sara) Crow, and Russell Crow all of Rock Springs, Kristi (Robert) Payne of Livingston, MT. She had 9 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; her nieces, Lois Anne (Ken) Ecklund, of Atascadero, CA, Barbara Chimento of Sacramento, CA, Beatrice (Charles) Merrick of Tucson, AZ, Judi Sandison of Casper, and Barbara Moore of NY; her nephews, Charles (Darlene) and Edwin Conway of Los Angels, CA and Ken Bird of Casper; and 10 grand and many great grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; her step-son, Curt (Bud) Kaiser in 2004; her father in 1909; her mother in 1968; three brothers, William in 1914, Frank in 1955, and John Gaber in 1983; and two sisters, Francis Vujo in 1961 and Anne Conway in 1997.
A special thanks to those who helped Mary enjoy her later years in life: Donna Boyle, Jane Adamson, Helen Potts, Homestead Senior Center and Wind River Health Care Center.
Memorial may be made to the Hudson Cemetery Fund, the Shoshoni Senior Center or a memorial fund at the Wind River Health Center in care of the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home. On-line condolences for the family may be made at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.