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SHOEMAKER, Mary G. Mary passed away on February 15, 2015 of natural causes in the presence of her husband and family. She was 91 years old. Mary & Lewis were married for 68 years and made their home in Lancaster for over 59 years. Mary was born December 8, 1923 in Kirksville, Mo. to Fred J. and Buena Clarice Fritsinger. She graduated from Kirksville High School in 1940. She then worked and attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now known as Truman College. During World War II she left college and worked as a secretary for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Kansas City, Mo. After the war she resumed her studies at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College where she met Lewis L. Shoemaker, also a student at the college. They were married December 22, 1946 in Kirksville, Mo. After graduating from college in 1949 they moved to Barstow, Calif. where Lewis taught at Barstow High School and Mary was a homemaker and mother. They moved to Lancaster in 1955 when Lewis accepted a teaching position at Antelope Valley High School. In 1955 Mary began substitute teaching for the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District. She became a full time teacher in 1965 at Palmdale High School in the Business Department until her retirement in 1983. Mary & Lewis enjoyed their retirement spending time with family and friends when they were not traveling. Mary was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Assistance League of Antelope Valley, and Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. She was preceded in death by her brothers Fred Fritsinger and Robert M. Fritsinger. Mary is survived by her loving husband Lewis; her sons, Paul (Pamela) and Mark (Beverley); grandchildren Aimee, Emily (Scott), Christopher (Lev), Nicholas (Kristina), Angela (Jefferey); great- grandchildren, Madison, Jacob, Tyler, and Brycen; nephews, nieces, cousins, and longtime neighbor Charlotte Merkner and her family. A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Saturday February 28, 2015, 11:00 am, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 502 West Avenue 'J' in Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Assistance League of Antelope Valley, or Friends of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. Arrangements are being handled by Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals & Cremations , Lancaster.

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