Marie Lou Gummerson passed away on April 16, 2019 at the age of 93 in the Autumn Cove Care Facility in Star, Idaho. Marie was born April 23, 1925 on a farm near Twin Falls, ID to John and Mary Gummerson. The second child and only daughter of Mary and John, Marie enjoyed growing up on the family farm in Rupert, ID with her older brother, Jack, and her younger brother, Caroll “Babe”.
Early in life, Marie wanted a career. She graduated from Rupert High School on May 14, 1943 and then attended Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles, CA. While attending college, Marie lived with her aunt and worked as a typist for the Los Angeles Medical Department, her first Federal government job. Marie graduated from business school on August 25, 1944, and returned to Rupert, where she was employed as a clerk/stenographer at the Rupert Prisoner of War Camp in Paul, ID. When the camp closed, Marie was reassigned to the Post Headquarters of Operating Company Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Marie continued to work as a civilian in military offices in San Francisco; Nurnberg, Germany; and Morocco. By the time she was in Morocco, Marie had been promoted to Personnel Clerk and then Employee Utilization Officer. Upon returning to the United States, Marie decided to upgrade her education, so she attended and graduated from San Francisco City College and then University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Business in the spring of 1964. In February of 1964, Marie returned to work as a civilian in the Naval offices of San Francisco, CA as a Personnel Management Specialist. She continued in her career in San Francisco and Concordia, CA, earning promotions to the station of District Director of the Personnel Branch of the Recruitment Unit in San Francisco, CA. Afterwards, Marie returned to Idaho and worked as a Personnel Officer in the Boise IRS office. She was responsible for personnel activities in the state of Idaho. Next, Marie was promoted to the position of Personnel Staff Specialist in Dallas, TX. On May 2, 1980, Marie retired and returned to Idaho.
Later in life, Marie married Piero Ariotti from Del Mar, CA. Their marriage did not last, but Marie and Piero remained friends for the rest of their lives. Marie especially enjoyed walks on the beach in California.
Marie was a lifetime learner. Upon retirement, Marie earned a Landscaping Degree at the University of Idaho; then moved to Boise and continued with art classes at Boise State University, almost earning another degree in Art. She loved learning about history, art, and nature in various classes and museums throughout Idaho. Marie created various types of art, including drawings, paintings, and sculpture. She was a member of the Idaho Watercolor Society and a founding member of the Art Source Gallery. Marie shared her love of knowledge by volunteering at the Art Source Gallery, the Boise Peregrine Fund Birds of Prey Center, and by reading with young children in the Boise, ID schools as a volunteer. After retirement, Marie continued traveling and learning about different world cultures.
Marie loved being outside. She enjoyed gardening, hiking, camping in the mountains, and walking on the beach. Marie’s other love was for horses, and she was an avid horseback rider. She enjoyed both English and Western styles of riding.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and John Gummerson; two brothers, Jack and Caroll; grandparents, aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins. She is survived by her nieces: Laura (Jim) Snow, Carol (Jeff) Carmon, Lecia Gummerson-Miller and Mary McGinnis as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews as well as her cousins.
The family would like to thank Marie’s neighbors, Stephanie Dormier and Mary Ossenkop, who treated Marie more like their family member than a neighbor and assisted her to maintain her independence as long as possible. The family would also like to thank Lisa Thompson; the staff at Touchmark; the staff at Autumn Cove; caregivers, Caralyn Dicerkson and Andra Dornean Paul and Karl Seideman, and Tresco for working on Marie’s behalf.
Marie’s memorial will be held on June 29 in Rupert, ID. More details will follow. The interment will be at the Rupert, ID Cemetery. Cremation services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.