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June 21, 1947 - Jan. 13, 2020


Mary was born on June 21, 1947, in Hettinger, ND, to Vernon and Fern (Bauman) Olson.  Mary was the oldest of 4 children.  She graduated Reeder High School in 1965.

Mary was united in marriage to Claude Iver Nash on October 15, 1965, and they had 2 sons, Heath and Justin.  Mary and Claude ran the Chuckwagon Cafe in Reeder for 3 years.  Over the years, they lived in Reva, SD, Reeder, ND, Buffalo, SD, Belle Fourche, SD, Lodgepole, SD, Hettinger, ND, and finally Sturgis, SD. 

Mary attended Western Dakota Tech, graduating in 1989.  After which she worked for May Feed and Livestock, then NDSU Extension Service Adams County until her retirement.

Mary had battled cancer since 1995.  She beat breast cancer, but could not beat Pseudomyxoma Peritonei.  She was always giving her time and baked goods to help raise money for Breast Cancer awareness.

Mary Louise Nash, 72, of Sturgis, passed away on January 13, 2020, at Regional Health Home+ Hospice House.

Mary is survived by two sons, Heath (Darcy) Nash and Justin Nash; one sister, Peggy Fadness; two brothers, Tim (Jan) Olson and Jerry (Marlene) Olson; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Nash; and countless nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; her parents; one infant sister; her grandparents; eleven brothers-in-law; and eight sisters-in-law.

Mary will be remembered for her baked goods.  Her mints will be missed at special events and weddings.  She will also be remembered for the meals that she prepared for family, and to mom, everyone was family.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

She has donated her body for medical research.

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