Mary Flory Lundquist Roberts
by Barbara Matson, niece
Born: May 28, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died: Nov. 15, 2003, Santa Monica, CA.
Mary was the oldest of the 4 children born to Ada Flory and Emanuel Lundquist. Emanuel had 8 children with his previous wife, Grace Honor Bushman. Mary was only 11 years old in 1925 when her father passed away. At that time her mother, Ada, started taking in boarders and worked cleaning houses and scrubbing floors to support the family. I’m sure that for the next few years Mary spent a lot of time caring for her 3 younger siblings, Edna, Reed, and Vicki while her mother worked. My mother told me that Mary would sometimes take them to the show on Saturdays and a big treat was getting an ice cream cone at Snelgrove’s while downtown in Salt Lake City.
Some time after finishing high school, Mary moved to California where her 2 older half-sisters, Ruby and Elsie lived. One by one her younger siblings Edna, Reed, and Vicki did the same. In 1941 she met Clyde Roberts at a party at her sister Elsie’s home in Santa Monica. They were married on December 31st of that year. They lived in Venice for almost a year and then in 1942 they moved into the new home on Pine Street where Clyde and Mary resided the rest of their lives together.
Mary and Clyde had two children. Catherine was born in December 1942 and LeRoy was born in December 1944. Mary was a full-time mother and housewife and they raised their two children together in Santa Monica. They spent time in the summer traveling around the United States in their camper and later on Mary helped care for her mother, Ada.
Mary stayed close to her two younger sisters and brother. One of the family traditions was to spend Christmas Eve together with Edna, Reed, and Vicki and their families. Lots of laughter was heard, especially when the 3 sisters got together!
Both children grew up, joined the Navy, married, and moved away. Cathy married Leo Mazzeo and had two children, Jodi & David (Mary’s first grandchildren). In 1994, Cathy marred Ted Nelson here in Santa Monica; Mary especially loved her new son-in-law. Lee met Judy while in the Navy and married, living in Cleveland, Ohio. They had two children, Christopher and David, which brought the number to four grandchildren for Mary and Clyde. More recently, three great-grandchildren were added to the family-David Mazzeo’s children, Ashley and Jack and Jodi’s son, Cameron.
Sadly, Clyde paseed away on Christmas Day, 1980. I’ve heard it said that when the Lord closes a door, He opens a window. in 1981 Mary met two friends–Bea Kral and Ruth Armstrong. These ladies shopped and went on walks together, staying friends for the rest of Mary’s life.
During the next 15-20 years Mary traveled occasionally, going to Europe twice, Alaska, and Hawaii. One of the most cherished trips was a trip in 1981 with sisters Edna and Vicki to Salt Lake City. They went by car and visited the home where they grew up on 5h Avenue. The sisters had a great time and even got an ice cream cone at Snegrove’s like they did when they were children!
Mary also continued to busy herself with one of her life-long hobbies–quilting. Every year for many years, Mary made the quilt that was the prize of one of the games at the annual Lundquist family reunion held every October.
As with all of us, Mary slowed down with age and in August 2000 moved to Ocean Gardens Board & Care. She resided there until her passing on November 15th 2003 at age 89. In these last few years she especially enjoyed visits from her children, grandchildren, and especially her 3 great-grandchildren. She was soft-spoken but always appeared to be happy.
I received a poem from my aunt Vicki, Mary’s sister and I know its sentiment would be shared by my mother Edna:
Love lives on forever
In each memory and thought
Of the special ones
Who meant so much
And the happiness they brought.
Love lives on forever–
It will never fade away.
For, in our hearts,
Our loved ones
Are with us every day.
She lived a full life filled with service to her family. I know we will all miss Mary’s infectious laugh and her kind & loving spirit but we can find peace in the knowledge she is enjoying a happy reunion with her husband and other family members.
Woodlawn, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California