Mary  Griest

Mary O. Griest

Thursday, June 12th, 1919 - Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Mary O. Griest, 100, passed away November 10, 2019 at her home near Lyons, Co.

She was born June 12, 1919 in Fairbury, Nebraska to Charles and Mae (True) Richardson. Mary graduated from Fairbury High School and Peru State College, Peru, NE. with a teaching degree. Mary was the third generation of her family to attend Peru State.

Mary taught school in Nebraska and Sterling, Colorado. She moved to Denver where she worked at the YWCA and for the USO.

She married Arlie Griest on February 9, 1951 in Denver. They moved first to Boulder and then to their home near Lyons where she has lived for 50 years.

Mary was a member of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church since 1990. Previously she belonged to the Lyons Methodist Church, the Boulder Methodist Church and was raised in the Disciples of Christ denomination.

She was a volunteer at the YWCA in Boulder and was recognized by the Camp Fire Girls in 1964 with the Wakan Leadership award.

Mary enjoyed birdwatching and oil painting.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arlie, infant son Arthur, her parents; sister Margaret Manning and two brothers Hugh Etter and Ken Etter.

Mary is survived by her son Roy Griest; daughter Wanda Griest; two daughters by marriage Arlene Leggett and Betty Meehan, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church, Foothills Audubon Society or a Charity of Donor’s choice. Share condolences at
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 1:00pm
    CentraLongmont (Central Presbyterian Church)
    402 Kimbark Street
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
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  • Reception

    CentraLongmont (Central Presbyterian Church)
    402 Kimbark Street
    LONGMONT, CO 80501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    reception to follow at the church


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Audrey Grisham

Posted at 03:26pm
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom as a loving and giving person. I consider it an honor to have had her in my life.

Audrey Grisham

Posted at 03:24pm
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a loving and caring person. I consider it an honor of having her in my life.

To and Judy Potter

Posted at 03:09pm

November 20, 2019

Oh, Wanda and Roy,

Martha Scott, the 3rd Street clarion, sent word of your mom’s passing. How lovely that she could grace this earth for 100 years+!! How gently tenacious she always was to her principles and so generous of heart. The Potters feel so grateful that you were on Third when we moved in to our fantastic neighborhood. The tone was set for the welcome of Judy’s life wish for a cow. Roy’s steer and Tommy’s horse used Arleigh’s barn and I remember Tommy having the inherited skills of wrangling that saved my cow from a precarious situation. Wanda, as I have said your high chair that Mary passed to us for Lucas has served all our children, grandchildren and now, Ani, our oldest grandchild is engaged and I am going to give it a scrub and take it to Jaime to be ready for a potential next generation. We are so amazed that there are many houses left as you remember them on 3rd. Marty’s too is still there with Gramma Meehan’s sunroom still intact.

I am saddened we cannot attend Mary’s memorial. Another dear friend is being celebrated at the very same moment in Boulder and we will be with their family. Please let everyone in your family and all our dear neighbors know we are so disappointed not to join you all. What an amazing street family in which we found ourselves in June 1969. My heart holds you all. And blessings to that Mary as she continues on, having so touched us.

With deep gratitude, Judy and Tom Potter

Martha Stey

Posted at 02:51am
Roy and Wanda, what wonderful memories all us Scott kids have of your mom and your family. Though so many years have passed and we haven't seen each other, please know our respect and love go out to you. Mary was a kind friend, a good Third Street neighbor who made our lives better. Blessings to you all. Martha Scott Stey and all the Scotts: Chris, Ann, Brian, Martha, Marykay and Kathryn.

Geor gina Minto

Posted at 02:13pm
Wanda and Roy my sympathies to both of you. Your mom was a great lady that thought of others. She was a good Sunday school teacher and a good lady.

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