Mary S. Novaselich Laier Large, 98, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Channel Point Village on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Mary was born in Hoquiam on August 2, 1915, to John and Antica (Svorenich) Novaselich, immigrants from Croatia, Yugoslavia. With her family, she moved to Aberdeen Gardens in the Wishkah Valley, and later moved to Brady.
Mary graduated from Montesano High School with the class of 1933, and she graduated from Grays Harbor Business College in 1934.
Mary’s family lived on a Dairy Farm and owned The Deluxe Dairy in Brady. She and her sister, Rose were known as, “The Milk Maids”, and took over the dairy delivery truck route in 1933.
In 1938, Mary married Carl Laier. Together they owned the Aberdeen Recreation Bowling Alley, later the Aberdeen Bowl. After 38 years of marriage, Carl passed away in 1976.
Mary worked for Barnes Florist, Pearson’s and Browers. She was well known as an accomplished seamstress.
In 1986, Mary married James Large. They enjoyed traveling to Australia, New Zealand and several trips to Europe in addition to 15 cruises. They attended many Army Reunions in different places in the states. Dancing was a great enjoyment in their lives, having taken lessons from a dear friend, Arlene Hoiland.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, John and Antica Novaselich; her husbands, Carl Laier and James Large; sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Clayton Giese; a grandson, Brett Kulavik in 2002; and son-in-law Bill Burnidge in February of 2014.
She is survived by her son, Charles (Barbara) Laier of Aberdeen; daughter, Toni Burnidge of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Jim’s daughter, Pat Kugen; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rob) Allen of Olympia, Anthony (Renae) Laier of Dothan, Ala., Jeremy (Rhianna) Laier of Cosmopolis and Richard (Kathy) Kulavik of San Jose, Calif.; great grandchildren, Barrett Allen of Olympia, Jacob and Chloe Laier of Alabama and Emma Grace Laier of Cosmopolis; two nieces; and a nephew.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver, Dawndi White and all those who showed extraordinary care, love and respect in her final days at Channel Point Village.
A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Harrison Family Mortuary located at 311 W. Market St., in Aberdeen. A graveside service will follow at Fern Hill Cemetery followed by a celebration of her life at the Aberdeen Elks.
Memorial donations are suggested to Harbors Homes Health and Hospice, 201 7th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.