June 17, 1921-July 1, 2018 First Anniversary of her Death Mary Epler was born in Eaton, Colorado on June 17, 1921. She was the oldest surviving child of Albert Allen Epler and Susan E. Leadbetter Epler; five years later, she was joined by her sister, Ruth. Like all American families of the time, her life was affected by the Depression. Although her father was employed as the manager of the local farmers’ cooperative, money was always tight and thriftiness was encouraged. She observed and absorbed the skills of her mother, grandmothers and aunts in cooking, gardening, sewing and decorative needlework. She was also one of the top scholars in her small-town school. As a child, she liked to spend time on her grandparents’ farm on the edge of the prairie, where she also had the opportunity to play with cousins.