Obituary: Mary Pearl Farnham Vannucci

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Mary Pearl Farnham Vannucci (Courtesy photo)

With tears and broken hearts, we are sad to tell you of the passing of Mary Pearl Farnham
Vannucci. She was born in Woodland on Jan. 6, 1943 and departed from us on Jan. 21, 2022.

Mary grew up on a ranch north of Esparto with her first mule Hank. She was the fourth
child of Jack and Helen Farnham, and siblings brother Lee Farnham, sister Dolores Farnham Moe and brother Jack Farnham.

Mary is survived by her husband Fred Vannucci (married 61 years); daughter Mardi (Mike) Schmittle; sons Bart (Erin) and Burt Vannucci; grandchildren Lara Vannucci Pretti, Leah Vannucci-Alainz, and Lane, Le Cassie and Luke Vannucci; and seven great grandchildren. We would like to give a special thanks to Karyn Tschida for all her support and loving kindness for Mary.

Mary was the lifeguard and swimming instructor at the crowder pool in Madison in the summer. She had many hobbies: photography, drawing, gardening, cooking for family and friends. She especially loved riding her mare Peaches all over town and ranch and places she wasn’t supposed to go.

Mary led a full happy life of caring for dogs, horses goats, pigs and every variety of animals she could love on! Not to mention her favorite work of herding and hunting down cattle for her families and many other families. What brought the most joy to Mary was raising cutting horses and whole bunch of the best mules in the state of California, which won many awards at Mule Days where her and Fred traveled many years to show and sell mules.

Mary’s gift of love and caring extended into her extended family and an untold number of
students at Donner Trail School in Kingvale, Calif. and in Esparto. She was committed to the children of her community, and while employed at the Madison Continuation High school she took it upon herself to ensure kids got to school! Those that didn’t make it to school on their own she personally drove to their homes to pick them up! As necessary, Mary would get them ready for school and fed, and then delivered them to the classroom. Many of those kids would tell you that because of Mary, they graduated from high school. She will be dearly missed.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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