Mary was born on March 10, 1921, at Carpenter Creek MT, to Frank and Mary Rosich. She was the youngest of 5 children. At an early age, her family moved to Red Lodge, MT, where she grew up and went to school. After graduating from high school, she earned her secretarial certificate through correspondence from the Commercial Extension Business College.
Mary then took a job working for the Mackay Ranch outside of Roscoe, MT, and it was there that she met Harold Faw. They were married on May 15, 1943, in Billings, MT.
In 1950 Harold and Mary moved to their ranch at Glasston, where they raised their two children, John and Debbie.
In 1970, Harold and Mary moved from Glasston to the Faw family ranch on Dry Creek.
Mary wore many hats living as a ranch wife and mother. She helped Harold during calving and lambing season. She was an intricate part of farming the family's land and was known for the eggs her chickens produced; using them to trade or sell throughout the Big Timber area. Mary was the cook for the hired men and thrashing crews that came to the area and was the nurse who provided first aid, bandages and compassion when someone was injured.
Mary was known for her cooking, and had books full of recipes; many of them of her own invention. But, she especially enjoyed baking. Mary always had cake, cookies and pies available to any family member or visitor who happened to stop by, and made sure she sent many of them home with extras, which she had stashed away in the freezer. She specialized in baking breads and rolls. A family meal was not complete without some of Mary's mouth-watering rolls.
Mary loved to be outside. In the spring and summer, you would find her in her huge garden tending her prized crops and flowers. Her raspberry patch was a forest of delight, which she guarded with great care.
Mary was also particularly talented with her hands and creative mind. She would pass what time she had left in a day by knitting, sewing, and crocheting. She could sew the largest, most comforting quilts, and crochet the daintiest most intricate angels.
Mary liked to stay busy and active. If she wasn't helping Harold run the family ranch, cooking, or taking care of her family, she would be helping out her neighbors, friends and anyone who asked for it. Mary's hands also never rested, even when she was sitting down to relax; she only did so with her hands immersed in thread and yarn. With a crochet hook or knitting needles fluttering like a humming bird, you could keep time listening to the soothing, steady rhythm of her hook or needles clicking away.
Mary is survived by her two children, John (Wanda) Faw and Debbie Hanson, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and a gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4pm Monday April 8 at the Big Timber Lutheran Church Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mary’s name may be made to the Sweet Grass County Search and Rescue, Box 567, Big Timber, MT 59011, the Pioneer Medical Center, Box 1228, Big Timber, MT 59011 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Celebration of Life
115 West 4th Avenue
PO Box 278
Big Timber, MT 59011
Gathering of family and friend at the Big Timber Lutheran Church Parish Hall