Mary Jane Proffitt, 92, of Weaverville, passed away on Sept. 3, 2019, from lung cancer.
Mary was born on June 3, 1927, in Tyrone, Okla., to William Leonard and Maggie Jane Bookless. At a young age her family moved west to Compton, Calif. She attended George Washington Elementary School where in the third grade saw her future husband, Curtis Ray, and told her girlfriends “That is the boy I am going to marry someday.”
While attending Compton High School, and in the 12th grade, both Mary and Ray got war jobs on the school campus, seeing each other daily. Their first date was a hayride in which Mary asked Ray to … this was the beginning of a wonderful courtship. Mary and Ray were married on June 21, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mary worked as a clerk-typist and secretary from 1945 through 1954 for the Naval Fuel Depot, Aetna Life Insurance, Dunlap Department Store, and Bank of America. In 1954, her husband’s work moved their small family of three from the city life to the wilds of Happy Camp where they lived in an unfinished cabin on the bank of the Klamath River.
In 1955 her family moved to Weaverville, which became her home the next 64 years. It was in Weaverville where two more daughters were born and the family of five thrived. Mary always kept busy with the town’s social functions. She was involved with her daughters’ Girl Scout troops, the PTA, the California and Trinity Garden Clubs, the Weaverville Joss House Association, the Highland Art Center, the Trinity County Historical Society, the Sewing Club, the Penny Pines Plantation for the 2012 Stafford fire outside of Hayfork, and the Whiskeytown Sailing Club.
She volunteered numerous hours of time to the blood banks, and worked the election polls and with the Census Bureau. All the time working on her extensive yard surrounding the house her husband and father built in the late 1950s. She would take her young daughters swimming to the river and return home with trunkloads of river rock for yard projects, and planted native and deer-resistant plants to enhance her yard.
From 1968 through 1982 she worked at the Weaverville Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and library clerk.
She was a role model for her family, always enjoying family trips, water skiing, snow skiing, horseback trips in the Trinity Alps, fishing, cooking, quilting, gardening, flower arranging, dinner parties with her close friends, and many sailboat trips to the San Juan Islands and Canada with family and friends.
Mary is survived by husband, Curtis Ray Proffitt of Weaverville; her children, Janet Morrison (Jock) of Walla Walla, Wash., Jody Brown of Weaverville and Jennifer Flint (Mike) of Weaverville; her very loved grandchildren, Estella Hughes (Duncan), Joseph Cloud (Nichole), Perry Cloud (Amanda) and Megan Ryan (Devin); and five great-grandchildren, Trevor, Cody, David, Troy and Rylnn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Maggie Bookless; her bothers, Leonard and Virgil; and her sister Leona.
Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Garden Club, P.O. Box 1113, Weaverville, CA 96093, or the Weaverville Joss House Association, P.O. Box 1217, Weaverville, CA 96093.