Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA


Mary Jo Carey

6 March, 19419 May, 2020

Mary Jo Carey (79) former mayor of Elmer City, Washington passed away Saturday morning, May 9th, 2020 at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Washington following a brief illness. Mary Jo was born in Texas on Thursday, March 6, 1941. Following graduation from high school, she worked for the National Parks Service as a Ranger, serving in that position until her retirement. Mary Jo loved her community and as a member of the Elmer City Council, who loved a good debate, Mary Jo could ‘sometimes’ be passionate and outspoken about issues she cared about. Mary Jo served as Elmer City Mayor from 2003 through 2013. On March 14, 2014, Mary Jo was honored for 16 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Elmer City, with a plaque presented at a meeting of the Elmer City Council.

Never one to sit around and be idle, Mary Jo was an active member of the Grand Coulee Dam Lions Club and Grand Coulee Senior Center. She also enjoyed going for long drives (often as a reason to go shopping!), sewing and loved working in her yard and garden.

Predeceased by both of her parents; husband: Robert Carey, daughter: Robyn Holm and brother-in-law: Ken Carey; Mary Jo is survived by her longtime friend and companion: Don Andrews; grandchildren: Erica Peralta, Calista Holm-Henninger, Joshua Holm & Zacharia Holm and five great-grandchildren

Due to the present Covid-19 situation, Mary Jo’s Memorial Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Those who wish to make a donation in Mary Jo’s memory may contribute the Grand Coulee Dam Lions Club, PO Box 777, Grand Coulee, WA 99133.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services.

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Mary Sivey

21 May 2020

A lot of very good memories with this family growing up in Elmer City. We spend many hours together. Once I moved away from the Coulee area, visits became less. So glad I was able to connect with her last summer!

Thom Carey

17 May 2020

Aunt Mary Jo will be missed. Unfortunately, we hadn’t spoken in quite some time, but I remember enjoying the times that our family spent visiting with her and Rob in their home.


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