Marie Mae Reichenberg

Female 1931 - 2012  (80 years)

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  • Name Marie Mae Reichenberg 
    Born 6 May 1931 
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Mar 2012 
    Age 80 years 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    William Lee Reichenberg,   b. 1851,   d. 1926  (Age 75 years)  (Grandfather) 
    Laura Grace Belles  (Mother) 
    Person ID I26941  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 

    Father Ancestors Clair Silas Reichenberg,   b. 18 Sep 1889,   d. 23 Aug 1963, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Laura Grace Belles 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F9756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ron Bothum 
    Married: 1x1. Shannon Bothum  [natural]
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 
    Family ID F9757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:00 am

      Marie Mae Bothum, 80, passed away March 20, 2012, in Burley, Idaho. She was born in east Kamiah May 6, 1931, to Clair (Jack) Silas Reichenberg and Laura Grace Belles Reichenberg.

      Marie attended school in Kooskia and Kamiah, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1949. When she was still in high school, Marie met Ronald W. Bothum. They were married in Kamiah on June 11, 1949, a love affair that lasted 62 years.

      In the early 1950s, Ron and Marie lived in a 25-foot trailer and moved multiple times following Ron's work as a surveyor. It was during those years that their four children were born and Marie learned how to be very efficient and live with only necessary items - a trait she continued all her life. In the late '50s, Ron and Marie bought their first house in Moscow. Marie was able to take sewing and tailoring classes and this was the beginning of her lifelong passion for sewing garments. For many years she sewed almost all of her daughters' clothes and made her own tailored items. She shared her knowledge and passion with many 4-H students over the years.

      Marie was also an avid reader from a very early age. As a teenager she could usually be found with a book in hand. She passed on this love of reading to her children, whose earliest memories are of their mother reading to them, or reading for her own enjoyment in the evenings.

      Ron and Marie bought an old homestead on Wells Bench outside Orofino in 1960 and spent many years remodeling the home and raising their children. Just a quarter of a mile down the road was the Wells Bench Sunday School. It was here that Marie and Ron became involved with the American Missionary Fellowship and Alacca Bible Camp in Harpster. Marie was a camp counselor for several years; Ron served on the board, and both of them spent time working on construction and maintenance projects at Alacca.

      In 1972, Ron and Marie built a house on the Dent Bridge Road above Orofino and lived there until moving to Kamiah in 1990. In 2000, they moved to Paul, Idaho, where Ron still resides.

      Ron and Marie spent 11 years as members of MMAP (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program). They traveled to many locations around the United States working on projects at churches and for nonprofit organizations. These were great years for them - living in their RV, seeing the country, doing meaningful work and making wonderful friends. Marie's battle with Parkinson's forced them to give up their travels in 2004.

      As Marie's health declined, Ron became "the chief cook and bottle washer." Marie had spent years cooking the most wonderful food and now it was her turn to be served.

      Marie always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. She was a loving and gentle woman of God with a gift of hospitality and she was an inspiration to all who knew her. Never complaining and a sunny disposition made her a good friend to many of the nursing staff and a favorite patient whenever she was hospitalized.

      Marie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers William and Silas Reichenberg. She is survived by her husband, Ron, and their four children, Mike and Melissa Bothum, Spokane, Colleen Suhr, Rupert, Idaho, Shawn and Jada Bothum, Hermiston, Ore., and Shannon and Jim Clapperton, Kamiah; her sister, Jackie Karr, Grangeville; and brother Allen Reichenberg of Pierce. By her grandchildren, Erin Sutton, Chelsea Bothum, Luke Suhr, Max Suhr, Dustin Suhr, Crystal Wilkie, Anne Rokyta, Rebecca Clapperton, Cristin Clapperton, and stepgrandchildren Kim Kern, Tammie Conant, and Nathan Moore; and 18 great-grandchildren.

      Marie's family will be holding a celebration of her life in the Blue Mountains of Oregon on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

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