Mary Elizabeth Lunsford Cory
May 21, 1925 – July 20, 2019
TWIN FALLS - Mary Elizabeth Lunsford Cory was born in Danville, Kentucky to Clayton Samuel and Mattie Ray Tuggle Lunsford on May 21, 1925. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Bridgeview Estates on Saturday, July 20, 2019. She was 94 years old.
Upon the death of her mother in 1927, she and her sister Margie Ella were raised by their grandparents on the Chestnut Ridge Farm. They were surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and school friends. Mary has many fond memories which she has documented in her writings. She moved with her family to Junction City, Ky where she completed her sophomore year of high school. In 1942 the family relocated to Camden, Ohio. Mary joined the work force of General Motors and National Cash Register making guns and other war related equipment. Mary fell in love with a handsome soldier, Wilbur Gene Ferris. They were married December 28, 1944 prior to his return to service at Fort Lewis Washington. In typical war bride fashion, Mary moved in with her mother-in-law while working at the Rexall Drug Store. She assisted with operations, managing the counter making floats and sundaes. Their only daughter, Patricia was born in March 1954.
Mary joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1958. It was through the church records that she reunited with her father in St. Anthony, Idaho. He had gone west to work on cattle ranches in Texas and New Mexico. Following her divorce in 1960, Mary and Patty boarded a passenger train and made a 4-day trek across the country to Idaho. From there, Mary held several jobs as a domestic household helper and lived in the greater Seattle area. There she found her cravings for art, music and theatre met through community activities and opportunities. One of her greatest joys was to attend the Seattle World’s Fair. Mary returned to Boise, Idaho to accept a domestic care opportunity for a television anchor at KTVB. On March 21, 1964 Mary wed Rudy Rickenbach, who had 4 children and in 1966 RuDeena Elise was born. Mary shared many fond memories of life in their blended family outside Middleton, ID. In late 1976, Mary married Victor Cory and resided in Boise, later moving to Garden Valley, ID. Mary loved her time in Garden Valley, where she became an avid hiker, bird watcher, and looked forward to teaching a Sunday School class each week. Her writing, mostly poetry, led her to be published in local and national periodicals on many occasions. Once Victor retired, they moved to the Magic Valley and enjoyed many road trips into Texas and the southwestern United States, learning about and collecting rare rocks. Throughout her life she enjoyed reading, always learning, and was an exceptional correspondent. Mary loved writing letters and stayed in touch with many childhood friends and relatives. She also had a passion for genealogy and documenting family history.
She is survived by two stepchildren, Teresa and Kris Rickenbach, of Boise, ID; her daughters, Patricia K. LeRoy (Bob) Olympia, WA and RuDeena E. Ballantyne (Nick Brown) Boise, ID.; granddaughter, Brooke D. Marling (Mitchell) Battleground, WA and two darling great grandsons, Mason and Liam.
A memorial service will be held on at 11 a.m. August 5th at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave E. in Twin Falls, ID. A graveside service will be held on August 6th 1:30 pm at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, ID.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice Visions, Inc. or the Magic Valley Humane Society/Twin Falls Animal Shelter.
- Memorial Service Monday, August 5, 2019
- Canyon Hill Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Lunsford Cory
July 27, 2019
She always had a smile on her face! Her stories she used to tell about her younger days! Her laugh was so contagious and she was the sweetest! Everyday taking care of her was so inspiring to see how strong willed she was.. love you mrs. Mary!!