Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Mary Elisabeth Pickens

May 15, 1946June 28, 2020

Mary Elisabeth Pickens passed away June 28, 2020. Mary was born May 15, 1946, in Le Mars, Iowa to Fred and Marjorie Riter (Eder). Her childhood was spent on the family farm where she had fond memories of helping her dad with the daily chores and raising hogs.

In 1970, she embarked on a new chapter and moved to Yakima, WA where she met James Ray Pickens. They married on March 25, 1972 and resided in the Yakima area where they raised their 2 children. As a family they enjoyed camping and yearly trips to Cannon Beach, Oregon. After James’s death in 1999, she moved to Wenatchee, WA to be close to her 2 children and moved back to Yakima in 2013. Her passions were shopping and antiques and one of her greatest joys was owning her own gift shop, Pick-A-Dilly Corner.

Mary will always be remembered for her strong faith in God and her unconditional love for her 2 children.

Survivors include her daughter Stephanie (Dave) Bryson of Venice, Florida and son Jeffrey Pickens of Yakima. She was preceded in death by her husband James Pickens and her parents Fred and Marjorie Riter. A private service is being held by the family in Yakima, WA.

“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.”


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Earl Lee

July 7, 2020

Mary Pickens was a great lady. She would often come to my house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have known Mary for around 25 years. Funny memory I remember. Mary went out a got a credit card back in 97 without her husband (James) knowing and when we got to her home after school Mary had spent all the money on the card on antiques and rugs pieled high in the living on Grant st. Mr. Pickens and the rest of the family were so upset because this wasn't the first time. Lol. She loved her antiques and shopping. You will be miss greatly. I love you Steph you were like a big sister to me also. If there is anything you need from me please let me know. Love Earl

Mireya Arce

July 6, 2020

So sorry for your loss! My family and I had the honor to share Thanksgiving and Christmas last year with Mary. She was such a sweet lady we were looking forward to more good times. May She Rest In Peace. We will always hold the sweet memories that we shared. We will miss her greatly she was a great storyteller. ❤️❤️


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