Obituary: Mary Lou Herridge

Mary Lou Herridge

Mary Lou Herridge

Mary Lou Herridge passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., where she had been a resident at a dementia care facility since early 2010.

She was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Wheatland, Ind., to Fred and Ruth Broshears.

Mary Lou had been a long-time resident of Kingman, moving there after her marriage to E. E. "Ted" Leichsenring in 1945. She had met Ted in Terre Haute, Ind., where she was enrolled in business school, and he was stationed at the air base there at the end of WWII.

Mary Lou was employed at the Mohave County Miner, later Kingman Daily Miner, for 33 years. Ted predeceased her in 1982.

She married long-time Mohave County resident, Irwin Herridge, in 1986, and moved to Yucca for a time. She and Irwin moved back to Kingman several years later due to Irwin's health.

Irwin predeceased her in 2001.

Mary Lou had been a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church in Kingman where she also sang in the choir. She was active in the Soroptomist Club, Daughters of the Pioneers, Friends of the Library, Hostess Club, Pink Ladies, and the Mohave Museum.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Bowen of Ferndale, Wash., and Janet Berglund of Gig Harbor, Wash.; three stepdaughters, Linda Medina, of Prescott, Ariz., Starr Herridge of Prescott Valley, Ariz., and Tammy Baber of Whitewater, Colo.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Mack Broshears of Omaha, Neb.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 17 at St. John's Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests a memorial gift to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St., Kingman, AZ 86401.