Mary Ann E. Eggerman, age 74, of Rogue River, died October 29, 2018 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
Mary Ann was born September 19, 1944 in Boise, Idaho to Lawrence & Marion Murphy. She grew up in the Baker, Oregon area and attended Catholic schools. She then married and had five children while working on different farms. She later divorced and raised her children while working full-time as a single mom in the Baker law system and was eventually recruited into the local police department. After moving to Halfway, Oregon she worked for the Idaho Power Company. In 1984 to get out of the snow, she moved with her children and pets to Grants Pass where she initially worked as a drug counselor. After her kids were raised she met Claude Eggerman and they were married June 16, 1988 in Gold Hill, Oregon. While living in the Rogue Valley, she worked in several other careers. She moved from Grants Pass to Rogue River 16 years ago.
Claude and Mary Ann opened their home to delinquent teenage boys on probation. As foster parents, they had 47 boys go through their home in just over four years. It was an interesting time in their lives.
Mary Ann volunteered for the humane society at the animal shelter. She was active in ministry through the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA).
Her hobbies included crafts, calligraphy, rubber stamping, sewing, drawing, and water color painting. She also enjoyed playing the organ at church and going on vacations.
After a stroke in 2002 resulting in left-sided paralysis, Mary Ann became wheelchair bound. This didn’t stop her as she and Claude purchased a motorcycle with side car and they toured the country for four years and 15,000 miles in Oregon.
Survivors include her husband, Claude Eggerman of Rogue River; five children, Becky Henderson, Steve Henderson and Carolyn Henderson all of Salem and Brenda Bates and Scott Henderson both of Texas; her younger sister, Carolyn; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Doug and Larry.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors.