Mary Glerup, longtime resident of Burns, died on Dec. 25, 2010, at The Aspens.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1923, to Hiram and Beulah Pritchett in Carmi, Ill., the oldest of eight children.
Glerup attended school in Carmi, where she eventually met and married George Mick in 1940. In search of work, she and her husband left Illinois and settled in Longmont, Colo., where her first child and only daughter, Myrna, was born.
In 1947, she settled in Burns, where her husband went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Co. Her son, Earl was born in 1950, the second baby to be born in the “new” hospital. Her husband worked for Edward Hines until his untimely death in 1974.
In July 1975, she married Hank Glerup and was blessed with a new family of three sons and a daughter.
Glerup was a dedicated housewife and mother. She loved to garden and cook. She was known for her generous hospitality and loved to share the fruits of her labor. Her doors were always open to family and friends. No one ever went home from her house hungry.
She also loved to hunt and fish with her family. Glerup believed the more the merrier. Her cooking was the highlight to many happy elk camps.
Glerup worked for the Harney County Hospital for 13 years. She also worked for Slater Elementary School for nine years as a cook in the school lunch program. She loved to be around children.
Glerup retired early because of progressive and crippling rheumatoid arthritis. Although she was in constant pain, she always had a smile and a kind word. She was always concerned for the well-being of others.
Glerup’s greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. She loved to visit and play card games. The coffee pot was always on, and the kitchen was always full.
Glerup is survived by her brother, Don Pritchett of Florida; children, Myrna Goitiandia and husband Gabe of Battle Mountain, Nev., Earl Mick and wife Sherry of Longview, Wash., Dave Glerup of Burns, Don Glerup of North Powder and Dennis Glerup of Baker; grandchildren, Lenn Guy, Greg Mick, Mandey Saunders, Allen Temple, Amber Temple, Cassie Higry, Chris Deerdorf, Aaron Glerup, Sam Glerup, Nick Glerup, Jenny Glerup and Darren Glerup; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; daughter, Debbie Glerup Temple; two sisters; and four brothers.
Graveside services will be held at the Burns Cemetery on March 11 at 11 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Christian Church of Burns. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Christian Church.