Mary Stiles was born May 8, 1922, in Pomona, California to Mery Cecelia (Wurzer) and Benjamin Challoner Pryor, and died of February 12, 2017 at the age of 94. Mary resided in Enumclaw from approximately 1952 until 2013, when she moved to Canterbury House in Auburn, Washington.
Mary graduated from Alrington High School in 1939, attended Everett Business College and worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, where she served as a spotter on top of Arlington High School in the days after December 7, 1941. She worked for many years at Rainier School in Buckley, eventually retiring as a Supervisory Medical Clerk-Typist in 1981.
She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Wabash Presbyterian Church and of Retired Public Employees Council #1 for many years.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Irwin “Gene” Stiles (1991) and her daughter, Mary Holm (2005), and grandson Robert Mitchell (2016); her parents, and maternal grandparents Joseph and Notburga Wurzer (Monroe, WA) originally from the Tyrol region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and her bothers, Benjamin Jr., Donald (Eileen), Garner (Gertie) and Maurice (Lillian).
She is survived by her son, John Mitchell of Montana, and grandchildren Jeff Holm, Pam Smith, Jack Billingsley, Greg Nelson, Tim Mitchell, Dale Mitchell, Jenny Mitchell and numerous great-grandchildren and cousins.