Mary Ula Schaller
January 26, 2023
Mary Ula Schaller, age 87, passed peacefully the morning of January 13, 2023, in the company of family.
Mary was born November 20, 1935, to Roland and Mary Dinning in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
She moved to the Bonners Ferry/Porthill area with her family when she was very young.
Mary had six brothers: Grifford, Leighton, Ray, Irvine, LaVerne, Kenny and a sister Beulah (Lyle). Her life at the farm instilled her sense of family, being true to yourself to help others.
She enjoyed and had so many fond memories of the simple things from her years growing up in
Bonners Ferry, and later working in town.
She married Stanley "Bud" Schaller January 27, 1957. Mary and Bud have three children:
Steven, Paul and Colleen (Wilson).
Mary and Bud moved to Thompson Falls, Montana, in 1964, purchased their home in 1965 and were remodeling until Bud's passing in 2014.
Mary worked at Napa in the early years in Thompson Falls, then for Doug's Drug and later at the True Value. A special place was always kept in her heart for Doug and Janet Shear, Jeannie (Cox), and theShear/Cox Family. Mary had so many fond memories of her life and of people in the community.
Mary and Bud also owned and operated a log truck, participated in a gold mining operation, and a
fabrication repair business in Thompson Falls.
Mary moved to Missoula in 2016, residing with Colleen and Jim Wilson.
Mary made little distinction between friends and family, loving them all as only she could.
As such Mary's family was always growing with additions of great grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews, adopted family and became "Grandma Mary" to family and a community.
Mary will join "Bud" in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, in the early summer during a Celebration of Life ceremony. The date has not been determined at this time.
Mary is survived by a large "family" in Thompson Falls, Bonners Ferry, Missoula, Kalispell and across the landscape, none of which were ever forgotten, forever living with her and our memories. Her immediate family is so grateful for all of you. Thank you.
Colleen and James Wilson, Paul and Kathy Schaller, Benjamin and Nicole Schaller, Steven and Dawn Schaller, Rita, Eric, Katrina, and Aeris Morris, Stanley, Jazmin, Charlotte, and Theodore Schaller, Mitchell Schaller and Bailey Clark, Stacie and Chris McDowell.