Carothers, Mary (Zaichkin) (March 24, 1912 - August 27, 1998)

Mary Carothers

Douglas Budget - September 2, 1998

Funeral services for Mary Carothers, 86, of Buffalo, who died Aug. 27 at the Amie Holt care Center in Buffalo, were Sept. 1 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leslie Lundlam officiating.

Burial was at Douglas Park Cemetery next to her first husband, Adam Mueller, with graveside rites following services. Friends may donate in Mrs. Carothers memory to the Douglas Senior Citizens Center through Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo 82834.

Mrs. Carothers was born March 24, 1912, in Russia to Peter and Anna Zaichkin. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and sisters Elizabeth and Paula and brothers Nicholas and John. The family homesteaded in Converse County south of Douglas where she received her education.

After moving with her family west of Douglas, she met and later married Adam Mueller. They operated a ranch near Table Mountain. Mr. Mueller passed away in September 1951 and Mary continued to ranch for a short time.

She then married John Metcalf. They worked highway construction jobs and both retired from the old Converse County Courthouse, where they worked as custodians.

They moved to Glendo and enjoyed their retirement, gardening, fishing and hunting. Mrs. Carothers also enjoyed doing craft work, sewing and knitting. After Mr. Metcalf died, Mary moved to Douglas where she met and married George Carothers.

They traveled extensively, visiting their families and Mary's children and grandchildren. Shortly after George's death, Mrs. Carothers moved to Sheridan and lived at the Sugarland Ridge Senior Home. She had been a resident of the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo since January 1988. Mrs. Carothers was very active in the LePrele homemakers, Farm Bureau and American Legion.

She is survived by two daughters, Babette Merchant and her husband Giffard of Winterhaven, Calif., and Kathryn Gosnell and her husband Roy of Riverton; son Lawrence Mueller and his wife, Georgia of Story; sister Paula Foster of Shelley, Idaho; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; two brothers and one sister.

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