Mary Louise Growe

November 2, 1929February 19, 2021
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Mary Louise Zimny was born November 2, 1929 on a small farm in Lansford, North Dakota. Her parents, Paul and Agnes Zimny, were both originally from Poland, but met and married here in the United States. She was the youngest of 7 children:

Isadore Zimney, Adeline (Sister Agnes) Zimny, Dorothy (Dot) O’Connell (Zimny), Albert (Raymond) & Delbert (Ralph) Zimny (twins), and Paul Zimny Jr.

Mary’s mother, Agnes, died when she was only 4 years old. This required her older sister, Dot, to quit school at the age of 16 in order to raise both Mary and her siblings.

She attended a one room country schoolhouse with her 3 older brothers until her 9th birthday. Her father then decided that the four youngest children would be sent to complete their education at a Catholic boarding school where Mary’s eldest sister, Sister Agnes taught. The children returned home every Christmas and summer to help with chores on the farm. Mary attended boarding school for 8 years and graduated high school in 1947.

At the encouragement of a close friend, Mary decided to attend school at St. Joseph Hospital in Minot, North Dakota and graduated as a pediatric Staff Registered Nurse in 1950. She began her working career in Chicago, Illinois while living with her two brothers, Raymond and Ralph.

In 1952, she moved with a girlfriend to Long Beach, California. It was there that she met and married her husband, Edwin Growe in 1954. Together, they had 7 children:

Marsha Evancoe (Growe), Mark Growe, Patricia Yunker (Growe), (Arleen) Frances Growe, Ted Growe, Thomas Growe and Karl Growe (Deceased).

The family moved several times to accommodate her husband's construction/carpentry business. Mary worked a night shift nursing schedule while the children were young, but after settling in Fullerton, California - she spent the rest of her career as a Certified Oncology nurse. Mary retired from nursing in November of 1992.

She then decided to enjoy a season of travelling. Mary had a very quiet, yet adventurous side to her. Along with 2 of her closest friends, Mary spent several years exploring the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Upon each return home, it was always fun to hear stories and see photos of her journeys - (our favorite was of her riding a Camel in Egypt)!

In 1999, Mary moved to Oklahoma with her son, Ted and his family. She joined the First Baptist church in Piedmont where she remained a member for the balance of her life. Everyone in Piedmont knew who Mary was. For 20 years, she was a familiar face to those who obtained food and clothing at the Piedmont Service Center. She also volunteered weekly at Piedmont's local library. And because of her extensive community service, Mary was chosen by the Service Center to be featured on a local news station for helping return a treasured quilt that was lost and restored to its original owners during the 2011 Piedmont tornado. She was even seen waving to folks in the local Piedmont Founder’s Day Parade!

Mary stepped into heaven to be with Jesus on Friday, February 19, 2021. She is survived by her 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 14 step great grandchildren.

But this is only a snapshot of her life story…

Anyone who knew Mary, would tell you she was an amazing woman. On the outside, she was often known to be quiet and reserved. But to those who knew her well, she was fun!

She loved to travel, play cards, paint, and work puzzles. And Mary had a giggle that you couldn’t help but smile at when something truly struck her funny. However, Mary also had a deep spiritual side to her. She attended church and Sunday school faithfully and read through her bible, which was full of inspirational notes and memory verses, every year. Her favorite passage of scripture was - the 23rd Psalm.

Mary will be immensely missed by all who knew and loved her. Today, we choose to celebrate her life by embracing the same heritage of love, laughter, and memories she has left behind for us to learn from and cherish.

In honor of Mary's memory, the family would like to invite you to share a condolence or memory below.


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Janet Clyden

March 4, 2021

i was privileged to have fixed Mary's hair for the past (i don't know how many) years. We laughed and talked every subject known to mankind. She loved being able to report she had won at cards the day before at seniors. She was very competitive. We are both from large families so we loved swapping sister stories. She truly was the sweetest person to be around. Very soft spoken, but if she ever got tickled about something she laughed so much. I will miss that laugh. She was so caring and always asking about her card playing friends that she hadn't seen this past year. I will miss her so much.

Marsha Evancoe

March 3, 2021

My mom, Mary Growe, was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved well. Never in my life did I doubt her love for me! She was always encouraging and wanted me to succeed in anything I wanted to try

Of the many memories I had with my mom, one that stands out is our drive to North Dakota to visit the farm of her brother. She never complained even when we stayed in an old ugly hotel because there were no other rooms available. She also went with us on a trip to Michigan when Gene's brother got married. She took care of six-month old Elizabeth because Gene was the best man. I was a bridesmaid and John was the ring bearer.

She loved playing games, especially cards, but also enjoyed putting a puzzle together! She also was an avid reader. During my last visit to Oklahoma, Mom gave me a few books to read and I have read them all. I found this handwritten Bible verse inside one of the books


Mom's faith was a major part of her life in Oklahoma. She was so proud of her church and the people she knew and served there in Piedmont, OK.

Gene and I visited Oklahoma several times, and when we attended church with her, she loved to introduce us to many of her fellow Christians.

I know my mom is in heaven because of her faith in Jesus, so I look forward to the day I see her again

I love you, MOM

Your daughter
Marsha (Growe) Evancoe

Gene Evancoe

March 3, 2021

Mary was a wonderful mom to Marsha, grandma to my kids John and Elizabeth, great grandma to my grandkids, and mother-in-law to me. Most of all, she was a devoted Christian woman who loved God and showed it in her relationships and service to others. Mary was kind, pleasant, and thoughtful, someone I truly enjoyed being with.

She enthusiastically welcomed me into her family and appreciated and affirmed my role as husband to her daughter, father of her grandchildren, and grandfather to her great grandchildren. There was never stress, anxiety, or awkwardness when with Mary - she made everyone feel at ease and special and was never critical of any of us. In short, she was the ideal mother-in-law!

Mary was very thoughtful and remembered the special occasions in our family - she sent all of us, including me, a birthday card every year, something I always looked forward to. Some of the times I remember most fondly with her are several visits to Oklahoma. There we had good conversation, played cards, and were welcomed by her friends from Piedmont, where she wholeheartedly involved herself in the community and First Baptist Church.

I greatly miss Mary but know we will be reunited and live together in the presence of the Lord in the future. She lived a full and complete life, and I am a much better man for having been her son-in-law and a part of her family.

Ali & Farah Obosy

March 3, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. We pray that God will grant you strength.
Our most sincere condolences.

Farah and Ali

Integris Medical Staff

March 3, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I truly enjoyed caring for and getting to know her these last few years. Prayers and comfort for your family at this difficult time.
Dr. Natalie Cochenour

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family

Paul & Carol Zimny

March 3, 2021

I will always miss our talks on the phone.
With sympathy to all.
Paul and Carol

Piedmont Library

March 3, 2021

The loss of Mary is a great loss for our library. She will be greatly missed. Her dedication to volunteer her time for the betterment of the library was very much appreciated. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Piedmont Library

Norma Engstrom

March 3, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. We had so many fun times playing cards together!

Larry & Deb O'Connell

March 3, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Toots dearly. She will surely be missed. We are so happy to have visited in 2018, and always had fun when she visited us too.
Larry and Deb

Harlean Lamb

March 3, 2021

Remarkable! That's the best word I can think of to describe Mary. She was caring, loving and generous. She always remembered and gave the most thoughtful anniversary / birthday cards / gifts. At family gatherings, she would often choose to sit down next to me and listen to whatever was on my mind.
I have never known such a quiet yet faithful friend. Yes, Mary was remarkable - and -
a very special friend!
I will miss her.
Harlean Lamb