Mary Ruth Gunderson died Sept. 22, 2016, in Clarkston, Wash. She was 89.
Mary Ruth McClung was born in Elkhart, Kan., March 16, 1927, to John and Flora (Lamkin) McClung.
In 1937 the McClung family moved to Paonia, where her father owned and operated McClung's Clothing Store for many years. Mary McClung graduated from Paonia High School in 1945.
She graduated from the University of Denver in 1949 with a degree in sociology. She worked with the county welfare department in Delta.
On Aug. 3, 1951, she married Jackson Hamilton in Grand Junction. They had one son. On Dec. 3, 1959, Jack Hamilton was killed in a heavy equipment accident while working on the Paonia Dam. Mary continued to work at the welfare department until 1961.
On March 29, 1961, she married Leroy Clifford Gunderson in Paonia. They had one daughter.
In the late 1960s, Mary and her husband moved to Missoula, Mont., where she resided until 2012.
She is survived by three sisters, her son, William; her daughter, Anne; five children; six great-grandchildren; and extended family.
Mrs. Gunderson was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, on May 18, 2003; one sister; one brother; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.
A private family service will follow at a later date in Missoula, Mont.