Mary "Chummy" Chor passed away peacefully at the home where she was born & raised on July 4th, 2013. Chummy was born June 15th, 1923 to Michael and Julia (Mihelich) Chumrau. She graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1941.
Chummy held many jobs, one of her most memorable was being a telephone operator the morning the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She always recalled the 12 hour frantic shift she endured.
Another favorite job was working as a desk clerk at the Marcus Daly Hotel in it's heyday, when large parties were frequent and the bands played all night long. Chummy loved music and dancing. She always had a smile on her face and a sparkle in her bright blue eyes.
Chummy enjoyed gambling and spent many hours in front of her favorite poker machines with her friends Anna Mae and Mary.
Her real career began when she started working for the Deer Lodge County courthouse and later became the Clerk & Recorder. She enjoyed helping and making the acquaintance of the Anaconda people. Morning coffee in the vault was a favorite time of day; laughing , joking, and solving world problems became a daily ritual. Chummy made many life long friends in her almost 30 years at the courthouse, but the most significant was with Marion Strelnik. They worked side by side and remained very close friends until Mom's passing.
Chummy married John Chor and had two children, John Michael and Juliann. They later divorced.
Chummy was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Paul (Anna Belle), Charles (Helen) and Francis. Nephews; Michael and Tim Chumrau. Beloved friends Billy Lee and Anna Mae (Novis) Miles.
She is survived by her son John (Marlene) Chor, daughter Juliann (James) Stibbs, grandson John (Sue) Chor, great grandchildren Kim Smith, Greg (Annie) Smith and Giana Chor. Sisters-in-law; Alice Chumrau & Evelyn Chumrau. Her across the alley daughter Patsy Lee.
Sincere thanks to her angels of mercy; Alene, Donna and Jan, without your kind loving care Momma could not have stayed in the house she loved. To Chris Munro for her encouragement, wisdom and friendship, it will never be forgotten. To Doctor Fender, Jackie and Deanne, who gave her the most personal and tender care possible. And finally the Rocky Mountain Hospice, who helped Chummy on her last journey. We thank and love you all.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 pm at the Longfellow-Finnegan-Riddle Funeral Home at 107 Oak Street with reception following. Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Anaconda. In lieu of flowers, Chummy requests donations to Pintler Pets, P.O. Box 1204, Anaconda, MT 59711.
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