Mary Ellen McCormick

Mary Ellen McCormick passed away in Napa, Calif. on Jan. 18, 2021, from an acute form of leukemia, complicated by COVID-19.

Her memorial service will be held at St. William Catholic Church in Shelby, Mont. at 10:30 a.m. on Saturedday, Aug 21, 2021. Following Mass, she will be laid to rest next to her parents, Robert A., and Stella M. McCormick at Mountain View Cemetery in Shelby.

Mary Ellen was born at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown, Mont., on Jan. 10, 1945, to Robert A. McCormick and Stella M. (Prevost) McCormick. She lived there with her two elder siblings, Charmaine and Bob until her dad returned from the south Pacific after World War II. From Lewistown the family moved to Shelby where she was raised along with four more siblings. Her sister Colleen, brothers Jim and Joe and finally, sister Patrice joined the family.

Through Mary Ellen’s St. William elementary and Shelby High School years she formed a close bond with a group of girls with whom she remained friends throughout her life. Going through her photo albums we found class photos, 4-H camp, and birthday party photos, all with the same group of girls. It was the bond of friendship and care for others that gave her the greatest joy. 

Mary Ellen earned an Associate Degree, was a licensed practical nurse and earned her respiratory therapy certification. She first worked at Swedish and Veteran’s Administration Hospitals in Seattle in that capacity. 

From Seattle she moved to Juneau, Alaska where she continued her respiratory therapy career and was a personal caregiver. After 10 years in Juneau, she moved to California where she worked at Stanford University Hospital, eventually settling in Suisun City, Calif., where she lived until the time of her passing. 

She gave much of herself and often sheltered people in her home who had nowhere else to go. She lived by faith and although she didn’t have family near her, she knew she never walked alone. She loved hearing about her nieces and nephews and what was going on in their lives. Her enduring faith was grounded in assurance that God will provide. 

It was with some in her faith community that she traveled to the Holy Land, and it was her loving friends who were a very large part of Mary Ellen’s happiest days. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Fairfield, Calif., St. William Catholic Church in Shelby, Mont., or a charity of one’s choice.