Mary Mae Snider Yuric, 90, died Jan. 6, 2013, at home with family present. Mary was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Medimont, Idaho, to Raymond and Frankie Snider. She was raised on the family farm, which also hosted the one-room schoolhouse. Her father kept a supply of chopped wood and lit the fire each day so the teacher could make hot chocolate for the children before school. Mary was the youngest of four brothers and two half-brothers. Mary spoke of a happy childhood with her brothers; she delighted in her parents’ graceful and gentle dancing and her father’s fiddle playing in the evening.
After high school, she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she studied typing, shorthand, Morse code and telegraphy. She accepted a telegrapher position with the railroad in East Helena, boarding at Mary Yuricic’s home, where she met Stephen Matthew Yuricic. Stephen served in the U.S. Navy as a boilermaker on the USS Philadelphia aircraft carrier during WWII, in the South Pacific and Aleutian Islands. Mary was impressed by Stephen’s respectful way of talking about women and his decency, and fell in love. They married on Oct. 12, 1946. They traveled for Stephen’s career and raised their four children, living in many places, including Keflavic, Iceland, and East Helena.
After her children were raised, Mary worked for the state of Montana for two years, and then took a federal position at HUD. In 1976, Mary and Stephen built their house with their own two hands, after their jobs at night and on weekends.
Together they were among the founding members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary in East Helena, also helping to build the physical building. Mary continued to participate in the burgeoning community, a lifetime of lovingly volunteering her service and time, often times beside her best friend, Mary Stipich. She was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Community Home Health Group. Mary was a proud mother of two Carroll College alumni and a huge Carroll Saints football fan. She also enjoyed the Helena Symphony Under the Stars events.
Mary is predeceased by her parents; brothers, Clayton, Wally and Joe; and her half-brothers. She is survived by her brother, Dick Snider and sister-in-law, Verna; her son, Stephen R. Yuric and daughter-in-law Judy; daughters, Jo Ann Yuricic, Katherine Yuricic, and Mary Lynn Cook; grandchildren, Sheri Gunby, Stephen Yuric and Dawn Robinson, Theresa Yuricic and Clementine and Thor Cook; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Yuricic. She also has great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, among them, Joe and Rocky Yuricic of Helena; and nieces and nephews. She was also related to baseball player Duke Snider.
Mary will be remembered for her gentle ways, her humor, as a prayer warrior, a keeper of secrets, a role model and a good friend. Mary will be greatly missed.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Mary’s name may be sent to the VFW, Corey- Dullum Post 10010, East Helena. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or share a memory of Mary.