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Mary Davis Goetz

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Mary Davis Goetz was born to Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Bryan on June 5, 1921, in Weatherford, Texas.  She attended schools in Sulphur Springs, where she married her first husband Ben J. Davis on Nov. 15, 1938.


During WWII, Mary and Ben worked at Red River Army Depot driving trucks.  They moved to Gridley, Calif., in 1947 where Mary began her career as a telephone operator. In 1951, Ben was hired as deputy sheriff in Pinal County, Arizona, and Mary transferred to Mountain States Telephone Co. in Coolige, Az., where she became chief operator.

Ben died in 1955, and Mary moved back to California working for Pacific Telephone Co. She received a service award for working in the office for several days during the flood of 1955 without leaving. 

On July 7, 1960, Mary married her second husband, Frank Goetz.  Frank was a farmer in the Tudor area. Retirement came for Frank in 1961, when he sold out and they moved into Yuba City.  Frank and Mary owned F&M Auto Sales, and Frank bought and sold farm equipment working even in his retirement until he died in 1976.

Mary is a charter member of Emblem Club No. 384 Marysville. She held membership in the National Sheriff’s Association since 1956. Mary enjoyed traveling many miles in her car visiting family and friends. She loved corresponding with friends. Her quiet time was spent reading and crocheting.

She is survived by her nephew, John Wilks of Biggs, Calif.; and nieces  Imogene Speed of Plymouth, Calif., Vera Turner of Datil, N.M., and Mary Kay Baker of Patterson, Calif.; as well as many friends.

Services will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel.

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