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At the age of 101, Mary (Zaversnik) Favero passed away Nov. 29, 2013 at her home after a brief illness. She was born in Recica, Slovenia on Sept. 17, 1912 to Mary (Zvizovic) and Tony Zaversnik. In 1921, along with her mother and a cousin (Ann), she boarded the President Wilson Ocean Liner and spent 16 days crossing the Atlantic. After a 2 week quarantine at Ellis Island, they eagerly boarded a train for Billings, then on to Washoe. Mary grew up in Washoe where she and her brothers, Tony and Johnny, spent many years enjoying the culture of the various ethnic groups that inhabited the “camp”, to say nothing of the hearing/living/telling of the many stories that were enjoyed by one and all. On July l6, 1930, Mary married Joe Favero and moved to Red Lodge where she resided for the next 83 years. She loved walking and many referred to her as the “Energizer Bunny”. Some say this is the reason for her longevity, but she would add, “don’t be afraid of hard work”. Her personality and demeanor are described by her many friends, young and old alike: as a classy lady with a great spirit; she was a gem; a beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit; an elegant lady; everyone that she came in contact with was blessed by knowing her; such a treasure and sweet lady; such a wonder, God has certainly welcomed a beautiful angel. She was an inspiration as she lived her life with love of family and community. How blessed we all were to have her as our Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend. Mary is survived by a daughter, Rose Marie (Favero) Spogen of Chehalis, Wash., and Red Lodge; a son, Joe (Kathleen) Favero of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; her brother, Tony (Loretta) Zaversnik of Brewster, Wash.; one niece, Toni (Ron) Roberson (Pateros); and numerous great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in St. Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge. Interment will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery. Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge has assisted with the arrangements. Many thanks go to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Beartooth Billings Clinic and Hospice program who helped provide the loving care for Mary to be comfortable through the transition from the life here on earth to a place of peace. Memorials may be given to Beartooth Hospice, P.O. Box 590, Red Lodge, MT 59068; St. Agnes Altar Society, P.O. Box 1067, Red Lodge, MT 59068; or to a charity of your choice.