Viola Mary Clemo
1927 – 2013
Mary Clemo, a longtime resident of Downieville, passed away from natural causes on January 21, 2013. She was 85 years old. She was very affectionately known far and wide, by both young and old, as “Granma Mary”. She loved children. She loved to talk too just about anybody.
She was the middle of three sisters born to Pat and Kate Shephard in Alleghany in the 1920’s. She and her sisters attended elementary and high school in Alleghany. In 1945 she graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Business School. Then, following WW II, Mary married her childhood sweetheart, Howard Clemo, who had gotten a job with P.G. & E. after getting out of the service. They lived in the Grass Valley and Gold Run areas for about 11 years where they had 3 sons and 1 daughter. They were big gardeners and Mary canned thousands of quarts of vegetables. Then, in 1957, they moved to Downieville. Howard continued to work for P.G.&E.
In Downieville, Mary followed another one of her loves, cooking. Over the years she cooked for the local school and numerous restaurants. She loved to cook for large groups, both family and others.
Her husband, Howard, passed away in 1986 and her youngest son, Kenny, died in 1990. She is survived by two sons, Richard of Downieville and Raymond of Roseville, one daughter, Madeline, of Salmon, Idaho, one sister, Betty, of Stockton, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Per her wishes, there will be no services. The family requests that any donations be made to the Downieville Fire Department or to the local Western Sierra Medical Clinic.
Mary Clemo is going to be missed. The Downieville area will not be the same without “Granma Mary”!