July 4, 1945 – January 22, 2018
Mary (Sturgis – Ridings) Main, an angel to those privileged to know her, passed away suddenly on Jan. 22 at the young age of 72.
Mary was born on July 4, 1945, in Portland, OR to Harry and Erma Sturgis. She grew up in the Brooks-Gervais area and attended Gervais High School. There she met her first husband, Nolan Ridings, the father of her two children, Rob and Stephanie.
Loving mother and grandmother, devoted wife and cherished friend, Mary is survived by husband Steve Main of Keizer, whom she shared 34 loving years with; children Rob Ridings and wife Carol of Kent, Wash., and Stephanie Eakin and husband Chris of Keizer, Ore.; grandchildren Courtney Castronovo, Derek Ridings, Tyler Ridings and Connor Ridings; sister Vivian Arima and husband Bob of Idaho; several nieces and nephews; and of course, her adored cat Duke. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jerry Sturgis.
Her early career Included jobs with the State of Oregon Executive Department, Oregon Department of Police Safety Standards and Training, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. She later worked in various positions for the Oregon Department of Justice, eventually retiring from the position she was most passionate about, a Program Representative for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
Mary was a cherished and highly active member of the Salem-Keizer community. She co-founded the Capitol Mustang Club, volunteered in support of youth sports, the Keizer Elks and the Keizer Cruisers, and was a member of the “Gathering Goddesses” lady’s group, to name but a few of her activities.
She was quick to befriend any souls who crossed her path and always made time for others. She is well-known to many throughout the community for meal deliveries, talks, and themed blankets she gave to anyone she suspected of needing comfort. She loved animals with similar passion, often taking in or finding homes for horses, dogs and cats in need of rescue.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 10 at the Keizer Elks, 3-5 p.m. followed by a reception. The family welcomes anyone wishing to join in honoring her life to attend.