Mary Louise Ponsegrow passed away peacefully at home on January 28, 2021. She was born in Detroit, Michigan to Leo and Carmela on January 7, 1923. Her family moved to Mt. Shasta when she was 1 1⁄2 years old and she spent the rest of her life and raised her family here. She attended Mt. Shasta schools and graduated from high school in 1940.
Mary worked a variety of jobs throughout her working career. She worked at the Weed mill during the Second World War, she worked at the Mt. Shasta hospital for 27 years, and she worked as a waitress at Mike and Tony’s restaurant, her favorite job ever.
Although there were many activities that Mary enjoyed and excelled at, cooking had to be her favorite. She baked cookies for all her special people around the holidays and even on occasions during the year. Besides baking, her next love was Italian cooking and her ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs were superb. She was also an avid reader and loved to walk for exercise.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ponsegrow and her sister, Blanche Hulten, and is survived by her three children, Charles Ponsegrow of Mount Shasta, Joey Schriefer (Ron) of Pleasanton, and Paula Ponsegrow of Chico, as well as her stepdaughter, Lea Lynn McCrillis of Sanger, CA. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Tina Marshall (Ryan) and great- grandchildren Shelby Marshall, Fallon Marshall, Kari Marshall, and Blake Driskell, as well as her niece, Carmela Negro (Richard) of Lake Shastina, and grand-niece Keighley Negro of Citrus Heights.
Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mom, rest in peace until we meet again. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Mt. Shasta Fire Department for their assistance on several occasions and to Andi Murdock for her excellent caregiving and for her friendship to our mother and our family.
Burial will take place at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park, with a memorial service to be scheduled at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105; The Humane Society of Mt. Shasta, 1208 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, CA, 96067; or Mercy Hospice of Mount Shasta, 914 Pine St., Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.
Posted online on February 17, 2021