In memory of

Mary Lucille Shuck Cushman

May 20, 1914
Sep 5, 2022


At the age of 108, Mary passed away peacefully in her Salem home.  On Sept 5th, 2022 she joined her husband Chase and three children William, Edith Calkins, and Cecil. She is survived by her daughter Linda Kay Huse, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 31 great-great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Mary’s parents met while traveling west on a wagon train along the Oregon Trail.  She was the 9th of 12 children.  Mary met Chase in Boise Idaho and married in Union County, Oregon in 1930.  During Mary’s lifetime she raised three children living in tents while following Chase’s work on gold dredges throughout the west. Later in life she studied nursing and briefly worked in the local hospital.  She also drove school buses until she opened her own beauty salon in northern California.  

Mary and Chase settled in Oregon in the late 60’s after Chase retired.  She attended the local community college studying Data entry and writing.  She lost Chase in 1988.  Mary became a very independent woman, thriving on her own, taking care of her own home and yard until she was 106 years old when she moved in her own apartment.  She continued her lifelong passion for gardening, poetry, and music, writing songs, and playing multiple instruments.  She loved to sew and crochet with her daughter Edith.

As we look at her life, we are inspired by her independence, tenacity, pioneering spirit, and her hunger for knowledge. 

Messages of Sympathy

  1. JoAnne & Lynn Asla says:

    Our sincere sympathies to her family. She was a remarkable woman.

  2. Ernestine Wells says:

    Many years as I grew up my grandmother Mary sister would tell us so much about you Great Aunt Mary. Hug to your family and RIP

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