Mary McCaslin, 79

Mary Teresa McCaslin, born Oct. 6, 1933, died Oct. 16, 2012, at the age of 79. Mary grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. She was the daughter of Ronald and Margaret MacNeill, who both died a few years apart when Mary was a young girl. Mary moved to Cambridge, Mass., to finish her high school education. She met her husband, Merle R. McCaslin of Broken Bow, who was in the Air Force at the time stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, outside of Boston. The two were married Sept. 25, 1955. They lived in Broken Bow the first year of their marriage. Mary loved this town and her new extended family. They loved her too. The couple moved to Littleton, Colo., in 1957. Together they have seven children: Michael, Barbara (Brammeier), Steven, Jeanne (Hildreth), Paula, Catherine (Leathers) and David, all residing in Colorado.Mary was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and recently a great-grandmother. She was a fun and loving influence to her family and many others including children who grew up in the neighborhoods and elsewhere. Said of one neighborhood friend, now with children of his own, "She was the salt of the earth in my eyes and has shaped me as a person on many levels". She participated fully in the Littleton community and with its people. Mary was a longtime member of St Mary's Catholic Church. She supported her seven children and 10 grandchildren in their various activities, studies, and successes in the Littleton schools and elsewhere, including many horseback riding competitions, cookie sales and concerts. Mary was a member of many social groups and organizations in the area. She is well known for a loving heart, a wonderful sense of humor, a willingness to help her neighbor and not one to complain but rather to see the good. There are many people who consider Mary their 'best friend' because of these and other qualities. She always rooted for the underdog in any situation. Mary didn't know many strangers as she greeted and welcomed every person as a possible friend. Even though a bit shy, she could make everyone smile and loved when she made others laugh. She showed those around her how to love and how to enjoy life. She left a wonderful legacy. She will be missed.She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Merle McCaslin; her seven children and their spouses, Michael and Tena McCaslin, Barbara Brammeier, Steven McCaslin, Jeanne Hildreth, Paula McCaslin, Catherine and David Leathers and David McCaslin; her 10 grandchildren, Stephanie (Brammeier) and Shane Horner, Charlie Brammeier, Andrew McCaslin and Sarah McCaslin, Danielle, Gabrielle and Rachel Hildreth, and Elizabeth, Luke and Jacob Leathers; and her two great- grandchildren, Mikayla and Dylan Horner.Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 25, 2012