Mary June Mathews was born in Astoria, Oregon to Palmer and June Hennigsen.
After attending Olney School and Astoria High School she went on to get her nursing license from Immanuel Lutheran Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She then packed her car and headed east and found herself in Emmet, Idaho where she acquired her first nursing job before she could finish filling out the application and went to work and never stopped. This is where she met the love of her life, and after some time in the NICU at St. Luke’s in Boise, Idaho, she married Don Mathews in 1977.
The two settled in Buhl to build and amazing life that would end up being a 44-year career in nursing for Magic Valley Regional Medical Center and St. Luke’s Twin Falls that she never wanted to leave. There is still some debate on the exact number, but the amount of babies she’s delivered in the Magic Valley is upwards of 15,000. The amount of lives touched can’t be measured. In the few hours she wasn’t at the hospital she was always busy on the family farm growing everything under the sun, canning, working cows, or finding time to run a concession stand at the many ballparks where she never missed a game even with her busy schedule.
In lieu of flowers, Mary would prefer you take a flower to a friend, share a hug, or spread some love to your neighbor. Donations can also be made to any Farmers Bank location for the Buhl American Legion Baseball Program or in her memory to the Maternal Child - OB education fund through the St. Luke's Health Foundation on-line at stlukesonline.org, by mail at PO Box AK, Twin Falls, 83303, or by phone at 208-814-0038
Mary was survived by her husband Don, of 44 years; son, Seth; and wife, Amber; and their three kids, Lauren, Patrick, and Lydia; as well as her two sisters, Bonnie (Don) Fisher and Judy (Ed) Fisher.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the 7th Street Gym, 215 7th Ave North, Buhl, followed by an open house at the farm.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Mary’s memorial webpage at www.farmerfuneralchapel.com.