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In Memory of

Mary Lavina Scherschligt

July 22, 1927 - October 8, 2016

Obituary


Our mother, Mary Wharton Scherschligt passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Cottage at Highgate Senior Living Facility. Mom was born on July 22, 1927 in Miller, South Dakota to Glenn and Olive (Williams) Wharton. She was raised on a farm in South Dakota until she was nine years old, when in the midst of the great depression, the family moved to Salinas, California in search of work. It was here that mom developed her strong work ethic and feisty spirit. After three years in California, the family returned to South Dakota,...

Our mother, Mary Wharton Scherschligt passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Cottage at Highgate Senior Living Facility. Mom was born on July 22, 1927 in Miller, South Dakota to Glenn and Olive (Williams) Wharton. She was raised on a farm in South Dakota until she was nine years old, when in the midst of the great depression, the family moved to Salinas, California in search of work. It was here that mom developed her strong work ethic and feisty spirit. After three years in California, the family returned to South Dakota, where mom completed her high school education and earned a teaching certificate. Teaching in a rural school, she caught the eye of Lawrence Scherschligt, the son of the school superintendent. She used to joke that she latched on to the first man that looked like he was leaving South Dakota. On December 22, 1946 she and Larry married and a year later they moved to Los Angeles. In 1949 they relocated to Yakima. She was employed by United Truck Lines and Consolidated Freightways for many years before changing professions in 1971 to work for Teamsters Local 760, retiring in 1988.

Family was the most the important thing to mom. Countless hours were spent sewing clothes, helping with 4-H projects, supporting school activities and planning our summer vacations, which consisted mostly of seeing the USA in our Chevrolet. Over several summers we visited all 48 of the contiguous states by car. However, nothing compared to the love mom had for the grandchildren when they started coming along.


Mom and dad loved foreign travel. They toured most European countries, as well as India, Japan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Canada.

Ever the consummate and gracious hostess, she enjoyed entertaining in her home. This included countless get-togethers with family and friends. She enjoyed gardening in her yard, sewing, cross stitching and doing cross word puzzles.

Sadly, dad passed away in 1983. In the next chapters of her life she had a warm and loving relationship with Marvin Pilon, and then after his passing in 2000, found companionship with Dean Quesnell, who passed away in 2014.

After retirement she became a Providence Hospital Hospice and Home Health Care Volunteer.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 162 Auxiliary, as well as the Eagles.


Mom is survived by her four children, son Jim (Amy), their children, Emily, Donald & Joe, daughter Jean (Jan), their sons Ry & Reece, son Joe, and his children, Emma, Drew, Danny & James, and daughter Janet (Paul) and their sons Aaron and Nathan. She is also survived by two brothers, Don of Yakima, and Bill and his wife Lorraine of Huron, South Dakota, and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis, of Seattle, and Phyllis of Antelope, California. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, and her brothers Dick and Bob.

The family would like to thank the staff at Highgate Senior Living. We will always be grateful for the love and care you gave our mom. You gave us such peace of mind knowing that mom was so well cared for. We would also like to thank the Hospice staff for their care and for making mom so comfortable in her last months.

Viewing will be Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral, 1010 W. Yakima Avenue. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 15th at 11:00 am at Yakima Covenant Church, 6015 Summitview, Yakima. Concluding services and burial will follow at West Hills Memorial Park. To celebrate the life of Mary and share a memory visit www.lepfuneralhome.com. A reception will immediately follow the committal at the VFW Club, 118 S. 5th Avenue, Yakima.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the VFW Auxiliary in Care of Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home.