Maurice (Morey) Graves Emery, 97, was born June 2, 1916 in Silver Lake and passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Hospice House in Bend. His parents were Everett (Slivers) A. Emery and Esther Graves Emery Franks, both members of early day Lake County families.
Maurice was the eldest of three boys and spent his early life at the family ranch at Silver Lake. After graduating high school, he attended Adcox School in Portland and later OIT in Klamath Falls taking classes in welding, automotive and aircraft structure.
In 1941 he went to work for the Budd Manufacturing Co. in Philadelphia, Pa. There he met Vivian Smith and they were married Sept. 17, 1949. They adopted a daughter, Beryll Lea, in December 1949. Shortly after, Maurice took a job at the Douglas Aircraft Co. in Torrance, Calif. Around 1960 he retired from the aircraft industry and he and his family moved to Corning, Calif. where he worked in construction. He was active in the Corning Chamber of Commerce and was a city councilman for many years. He was also a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner.
After Vivian’s death in 1980, he bought a travel trailer and toured the entire country, including driving to Alaska. In 1993 he married Mary Lou Grade. They made their home in Wickenburg, Ariz. from 1995 until they moved to Klamath Falls in 2009.
He was predeceased by both wives, his parents, brothers Dale and Kenneth Emery and daughter.
He is survived by two nieces, Zelda Emery Monical of Montague, Calif., Cherri Emery Faust of Burney, Calif., nephew Bruce Emery, his wife Penny and sons Kyle and Trent, Silver Lake, and a special friend, Maggie Jeans of Bend. He also leaves numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Contributions in memory of Maurice may be made to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend 97701 or to the donor’s choice.