Obituary of Mary Weisel Newton |

Obituary of Mary Weisel Newton

Mary Newton

Mary Weisel Newton died peacefully at Spring Hill Manor on Sunday, April 12, 2015. She was 97.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1918, in Santa Fe Springs, California, the youngest of the four children of Peter Joseph Weisel and Louise Klein Weisel.

While she was born in southern California, Mary found her true home in Nevada County in 1952, first living on a cattle ranch south of Grass Valley (now Lake of the Pines), then in Nevada City, and finally Grass Valley. The ranch became a social hub for their many friends, who came on weekends for picnics, football on TV, and adventures in the old Jeeps. She was a gracious hostess. She made many lifelong friends through her social organizations and bridge groups, the Empire Country Club, Beer and Tub, and PEO. Trinity Episcopal Church was the center of her life of faith. She enjoyed music, and was still dancing well into her 90s. She never met a dog she didn’t love.

But by far Mary’s interest, love, and generosity was for her family. She always said that “all she wanted to be was a good mother” and she was. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of joy to her.

Mary is survived by her children: Caroline Power (Phyllis) of Moruya, Australia; Bill (Paula) Newton of Nevada City; Emily (Rob) Wixson of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Matthew, Martha, John, Katie, Allison, Reid, Suzanne, and Rachel; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her sister Louise, her two brothers Peter and Robert, and her grandson Patrick.

Those who met Mary remembered her bright blue eyes, ready smile, and the sincere interest she took in meeting and getting to know people.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 201 Nevada St, Nevada City.

The family extends deepest thanks to the staff at Spring Hill Manor for the loving care they provided Mary during the last years of her life.

Memorials may be made to: Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, Nevada City, or Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, California.

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