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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Mary Ella Ivie ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Mary Ella Ivie
MAIDEN NAME: Bowton AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 4 Apr 1864 DIED: 6 Mar 1948 BURIED: 31 Mar 2007
BIRTH PLACE:  Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
OSBH DC (Marion Co. 1948) #3405 - Mary Ella Ivie, female, widowed, occupation teacher, b. 4 Apr 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio, d. 6 Mar 1948 in Salem, Oregon (Oregon State Hospital) at the age of 83 y's 11 m's 2 d's, name of father Richard Bowton (b. England), maiden name of mother Margaret Decker (b. Indiana), cremated 13 Mar.
1870 IN CENSUS - Mary Bowton, age 5, b. Indiana, is enumerated with Richard, age 37, b. Ohio, and Margaret, age 34, b. Indiana. They are enumerated in the home of Margaret Bowton, age 71, b. England. Also enumerated are Asa, age 14, Laurie, age 12, Lina, age 9, Albert, age 8, and Pearl, age 1, all born in Indiana.
1880 IN CENSUS - Ella Bowton, age 16, b. Indiana, is enumerated with Richard, age 48, b. Ohio, and Margaret E., age 45, b. Ohio, along with Asa, age 20, Fanny, age 21, Perley, age 10, Albert, age 19, and Hannah, age 9, all born in Indiana.
DISCREPANCY - DC and AFB give place of birth as Ohio, but Census records indicate Indiana.

Mary Ella's cremains remained at the State Hospital until March 30, 2007, after which she was interred next to her husband.  Decendants of the husband had tried to obtain her cremains for many years, and were finally successful.
New Chapter For Families of Oregon State Hospital's 'forgotten souls' 
A law lifts obstacles so people can track down remains of long-lost relatives.
Friday, March 30, 2007
The Oregonian, by Don Colburn
SALEM -- His paperwork complete, Myron Wells showed up Thursday morning at the Oregon State Hospital to retrieve the cremated remains of his great-grandmother, Mary Ella Ivie.
She was a dementia patient who died in 1948 at the psychiatric hospital. The label on the copper urn containing her ashes says she was 83 years, 11 months and 2 days old.
"It looks more like a tin can with numbers stamped on it," Wells said of the urn he took home in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
Her ashes will be buried in Salem's Pioneer Cemetery. There's a spot next to her husband's grave, and a headstone in place, chiseled with her name and birth date.
"All I have to do is put her death date on it," Wells said.
About the same time Wells arrived at the hospital's records office, Gov. Ted Kulongoski sat at a desk in the Capitol a mile away, signing a measure into law to memorialize thousands of deceased patients, such as Ivie, and to make it easier for their families to find them.
The new law permits the state to release the names of about 3,600 people who died while they were patients at the state hospital and whose unclaimed ashes lie in corroded copper urns there. Without that provision, federal confidentiality laws prohibit the hospital from releasing the names of the patients -- who died at the hospital between the 1880s and the 1970s.
"It's a somber day for me," said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, who championed the legislation after visiting a locked storage room next to the hospital's mortuary where the urns had been stored on shelves for decades. He called that place "the room of forgotten souls."
Courtney said the new law will help give deceased patients "the kind of respect that these individuals should have been allowed for years and years and years."
"We think it will allow us to publish the names with the intent of trying to unite the remains with families," said Maynard Hammer, deputy superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital. He said the state also aims to publish the names of the deceased patients at a memorial on the site of a new state hospital, due to be built by 2011.
Release of the list of names won't happen until the Oregon Attorney General's Office signs off on it, Hammer said. The exact location and design of the memorial depend on the Legislature's approval of the site. State officials have called for two new psychiatric hospitals, one in Salem and one in Junction City.
In signing Senate Bill 32 into law, Kulongoski said the deceased "deserve to be remembered not just as patients, but as fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers."
Wells agreed, after collecting his great-grandmother's remains. "Anything that helps people reunite with their families is good," he said.
Beckie Child, a social worker and president of the Mental Health Association of Oregon, said storage of the urns in a locked room at the decrepit state hospital "is a microcosm of what mentally ill people experience in our society."
Rep. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, who helped shepherd the bill through the House, decried the way thousands of mentally ill and disabled people were "shut away in institutions out of the view of most of the public." When those patients died in institutions, she said, "it was as though their lives were erased."
The legislation, which passed unanimously in both the Senate and House, goes into effect immediately.
By recognizing the names of the dead and creating a memorial to their lives, Gelser said, "Oregon is doing something sacred.
"As their names are listed, we are all reminded that these people were with us, and that their lives mattered."
Mary E. Ivie
1864 - 1948 
(shares marker with William Ivie)
OSBH DC (Marion Co. 1948) #3405
S&H pg 38
1870 IN CENSUS (Dearborn Co., Miller, FA #146)
1880 IN CENSUS (Dearborn Co., Miller, ED 51, pg 246A)

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