CANBY — Mary "Marie" Augusta Nelke Trumm, 95, died July 4 at her home. There will be a funeral Mass once arrangements are decided.

Mary Augusta Nelke was born at home in Charleston, Arkansas, Sunday, Jan. 4, 1925. She was Nicholas and Agnes Adams Nelke’s second child. The Nelkes moved to Stayton from Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the fall of 1937, later settling in Salem.

She met Bill Trumm at a CYO event at church. She was washing dishes, and he came in to help. The Nelke and Trumm families knew one another because they were parishioners at St. Joseph Church in Salem. Young Marie and Bill wrote many letters, courting for four years while he was serving in the United States Navy in the south pacific at Guadalcanal. The two married Nov. 28, 1945, at St. Joseph. The Trumms worked hard to build their first home on Wallace road in Salem. She worked as a secretary for the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office in Salem. They adopted Diane in 1955; Karen in 1959; and Susan in 1962. After leaving Salem, the family settled in Oregon City, where they had a small farm on Forsythe Road.

Mrs. Trumm dedicated her life to raising her daughters, teaching them to can, sew, cook, spell and more. Her daughters say Mrs. Trumm was a champion speller with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed reading the daily paper, working the crossword puzzle and listening to talk radio.

Mrs. Trumm is survived by her husband of 74 1/2 years; her sisters, Betty Rose Mitchell of Salem, Deanna Daschel of Portland; her brother, Ray Nekle of Tualatin; her daughters, Diane Stetzel of Salem, Karen Hunt of Canby, Susan Trumm of Medford; and seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.