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Mary Rose (Case) Stone

Born Sept. 7, 1920, in San Diego, rode away into the sunset on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Mary spent most of her life in the mountains and on the desert of Southern California. Following her mother's trail (who once, between 1910 and 1915, rode horseback from San Diego to Seattle), her passion for life and horses took her on travels and trail rides around the world to such places as Spain, France and South America.

Mary was the former owner of White Dove Trading Post in Big Bear.

In 1937, after having been rodeo queen at Victorville, Yucaipa, Palm Springs and other rodeo towns, she went to Salinas to participate in a statewide competition for Miss Outdoor Girl of California, which she won.

An actress and stunt double in western films and movies such as "Northwest Passage," "Born to the West" and "The Werewolf," as well as television series such as: "Wild Bill Hickok," "Have Gun Will Travel," "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon," several Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and many, many more. In fact, at the tender age of 17, it was John Wayne and others who purchased Mary's Screen Actors Guild Card, which started her on her way to acting.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Kendall J. Stone, lifelong cowboy and former Undersheriff of San Bernardino County. Survived by her three children: Rosemary Cline of Green Valley, Ariz., Kendall J. Stone of Acton, Calif., and Jon E. Stone of Apple Valley, Calif., seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, so many friends with whom she considered an extension of her family... Mary never met a stranger who did not become a friend!

A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Sept. 7, 2013, (her 93rd birthday) in Apple Valley at Carmen's Ponderosa, 9544 S. Kiowa Ave., noon to 3 p.m.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 5:02 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper