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Mary Louise Jacoby

Oct 22, 2013 - Staff

Mary Louise Jacoby died of congestive heart failure and the effects of Alzheimer's disease Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. She was 84 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned.

Mary Louise Jacoby was born July 26, 1928, in Jamestown, Kan., the daughter Ira Lewis Mosher and Winnie Hibler Mosher. On Dec. 14, 1934, she was adopted by Frank and Emma McIrvin and shortly after moved with her adoptive parents to Riverton where she graduated from Riverton High School as valedictorian.

She married John Boyd Forbis in 1946 in Riverton, and they had two daughters, Judith Kay and Margaret Lynn.

The couple farmed in the Riverton valley area until 1964, at which time they moved into Riverton.

She was a legal secretary for several years and was the Riverton city court judge in the mid-1960s.

In December 1969, she married John Jacoby, and they moved to Dubois where they owned and operated the Twin Pines Motel. They returned to Riverton in the early 1980s and owned and operated the Paint Brush Motel until their retirement.

Mrs. Jacoby was active in the Republican Party, was a realtor for Wind River Realty, and enjoyed playing bridge and traveling to her grandsons' sporting events.

She was an active member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, where she sat on many committees and filled in as organist.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Kay (Jack) Eckley of Cody and Margaret Wiedeman of Riverton and grandchildren and great-grandchildren Greg Eckley and his wife Rae and their daughter Zandrea of Cody; Garr Eckley and his wife Shannon and their son Aidan of Bozeman, Mont.; Jesse Eckley and his wife Bridget and their children Jackson and Jersi of Billings, Mont.; Manual Martinez of Riverton; and Ashley Martinez and her daughter Jayden of Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her natural parents, her adoptive parents, three brothers and one sister.

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