Mary Margaret Slater was born on January 31, 1928 in McFall, Missouri to Roscoe and Della Mae Slater. She was the youngest of five children. The family moved to Oregon about 1940 after her father passed away. She attended Salem public schools and graduated from Salem High School in 1945.
At that time she met Donald Morse Kuenzli (Kens-lee). They married on August 17, 1946 and picked Newport, Oregon to start their life together. Don worked at Pacific NW Bell Telephone Company and Mary had a position at the local bank.
Their first daughter, Janet Sue, was born on October 9, 1949. She was a welcome blessing and joyful addition to their family. A second daughter, Marilyn Ann joined them on June 21, 1957.
In 1963 Mary had the opportunity to work with Wally Hammond, the Lincoln County treasurer. When Wally retired, Mary became the interim treasurer. Her first elected term as county treasurer began in 1965 and she retained that position until she joined Don in retirement in 1993.
Retirement was welcomed as it made more free time for her favorite passion – her family. She was devoted wife and nurturing mother. The family vacations mostly consisted of camping, boating and water skiing. After church on Sunday, the family would go to Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City with special friends Jim and Betty Denison. Each August two weeks were always spent at Suttle Lake near Sisters, Oregon camping and boating.
After the girls enrolled in college, Don and Mary enjoyed traveling. Europe, the Panama Canal and the New England states were a few of their adventures. They were also frequently seen at the Agate Beach Golf Course with their friends golfing a round or two. Both were involved in their beloved Presbyterian Church, serving as deacons and helping with the famous “rummage sale.” But most of Mary’s time was involved with her children and five grandchildren.
Mary was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Professional Women’s Association, an appointee of Governor Victor Atiyeh to the “local government investment board,” member of the Oregon Association of County Treasurers and served as its president from 1973-74, member of the Yaquina Arts Council, and a trustee of the Pacific Community Hospital Foundation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, daughter Janet Sue, and granddaughter Megan, two sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by daughter Marilyn Ann Stein-Langerman (Jereme); son-in-law Michael Phillips; grandsons: Grant and wife Shenell, Blake and wife Michelle, Kyle and wife Misty, Jordan and wife Erin; granddaughter Whitney Lynn; and six great-grandchildren: Chayse, Sarah, Easton, Logan, Payton, and Evelyn; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services were held June 10th, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Newport.
The family suggests donation in her memory to the Pacific Community Hospital Foundation and First Presbyterian Church.