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Mary Emter

Mary (Doll) Emter

Friday, July 11th, 1930 - Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Mary Emter, passed away at the age of 89 at home with her children and hospice care. Born at home July 11, 1930 to Roy and Annie (Schaner) Doll in Almont, ND, she was the oldest of nine children. Mom graduated high school and completed teacher’s college. She taught in rural one room schoolhouses for a short time.

She married Mike Emter, October, 1950. They raised seven children. St Patrick’s Catholic Church was the family’s parish. When the children were all in school, she became a seamstress for a Billings interior decorating shop, working from home. She constructed many draperies, comforters, and bedspreads as well as upholstery. She was talented hardworking and was only satisfied with quality craftsmanship. Mike died in 1992 of cancer. Grief was her companion for an entire year.

Then she became a member of the Big Sky Polka Club. She loved it. We didn’t know how much our mom loved to dance. She traveled and danced the polka circuit and met Darrell Hintz of Nebraska. They married October, 2008. She became a member of the Hebron, NE, community, and involved herself with Sacred Heart Catholic Church activities. She was accepted into and loved by Darrell’s four children and their families. Darrell died June, 2014. Grief was with her again and it was hard on her. She returned to her home in Billings and began another chapter in her life.

This synopsis of Mary’s life is just that a synopsis. Those who knew her as mother, sister, aunt, and friend know of her many qualities and the times of her life. We will miss her.

She is survived by her children, Carlyle (Carolene) Emter, Celest Kessler, Craig (Jackie) Emter, Curtis (Carm) Emter, Corrine (Les) Krenzer, Cornel (Beth) Emter and Corey (Suzie) Emter, seven of her eight siblings, fifteen grandchildren, six great grandchildren and Darrel’s children, Mark (Julie) Hintz, Tammy (Rex) Johnson, Kristi (Mark) Anguiano, Matt (Tricia) Hintz, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Vigil service and viewing will be Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:30pm and Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00am both at Mary Queen of Peace, 3411 3rd Avenue South, Billings, MT. Final commitment immediately following the mass at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Smith Funeral Chapels.

Donations can be made in Mary's honor to Mary Queen of Peace Capital Campaign.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Mary Queen Of Peace
    3411 Third Avenue South
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    Rosary and Vigil begin at 7:30 at the church.
  • Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 10:00am
    Mary Queen Of Peace
    3411 Third Avenue South
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    Father Jose Marquez
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    1601 Mullowney Lane
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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Susan Vigesaa

Posted at 04:44pm
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I have many, many fond memories of my time spent with the Emter family growing up, as Mary watched over me while my parents worked. Sending much love and many prayers for peace and comfort for all of you.

Susie (Habener) Vigesaa

Lynn Blakesley

Posted at 11:01am
Carolene, I was sorry to read of your mother-in-law's passing. Thoughts to you and your family.

Lynette Blakesley

Kristi Anguiano

Posted at 11:12pm
Mary was a very special lady because of all the happiness she brought to my dad. She was so sad when he died, and now I know she must be so happy in heaven with those who have gone before her. She was the only Grandma my kids ever got to know. May she rest in God’s peace!!!

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