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Mary Jo Carey

March 6, 1941May 9, 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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Julia Burks

September 28, 2020

We are first cousins, on my Mother's side of my family. Aunt Betty Jo Hensley is what Mary Jo would call her. They all called me Judy. Ann Garrison, my Aunt & Mary Jo would come to Wichita Falls, Tx. to visit go shopping & eat so we could visit with each other. We will all miss her. Praying GOD'S SWEET CALM PEACE BE OVER HER FAMILY & FRIENDS. RIP MARY JO CAREY!

Jackie Fox

September 24, 2020

My mother, Annie Orr Garrison has been trying to reach her. I just found this obituary. It is such a shock to hear this news. Please call her at 806-249-2633. Please have Don Andrews reach out to her as well. Mother and Mary Jo were travel companions. They went with my sister to Hong Kong on one trip.

Mary Sivey

May 21, 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

May 17, 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.