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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
MaryAnn Simons

MaryAnn Feist Simons

Saturday, December 12th, 1942 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Obituary

MaryAnn Feist Simons, age 77,  passed away peacefully at her home on August 10, 2020.
Born December 12, 1942, in Pontiac Michigan, she was the daughter of Wendelin and Amelia Walker Feist.
MaryAnn grew up on a farm in Selfridge, North Dakota and went to Saint Philomina Elementary School in Selfridge, which was a mile from their farm. She spent a year at Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota, then returned to Selfridge High School where she graduated Valedictorian of her class.
She met Dean Simons at a 4H barn dance in 1961 and they were married a year later on June 23, 1962 and had four children. She was a loving mother and wife first, and also worked outside the home in the Columbus schools as a study hall teacher and as a cook in addition to other jobs and volunteered for various organizations.  Her most enjoyable work aligned with her passions of cooking and being surrounded by children.
She shared her love of baking, knitting and crafting with the neighborhood children who referred to her as “their second mother” and even “the best darned old lady on the block”. 
When she retired, she enjoyed traveling above all, spending time with her grandchildren and extensive family. 
Her famous cinnamon rolls and donuts were coveted by family and friends. Always helpful and concerned about others, she invariably took care of everyone else first. Even after her stroke, she never lost her curiosity and sense of humor. Her spirit lives on in us.
She is survived by her husband Dean and her children Wayne( DeAnna) (Los Alamos NM), Neil (Kathy) (Spokane WA), Loren (Susan) (Snohomish WA) and Karen (Paolo) Forlano (Vicenza Italy), and 5 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother George (Linda) (Bismarck ND), Jack (Sadie) (Mandan ND), Clayton (Jane) (Mandan ND), Leonard (Patricia) (Sundance WY), and Bob (Cindy) (Bismarck ND).
She was preceded in death by her mother Amelia, her father Wendelin and her beloved sister Loretta.
A vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 240 N. 4th St. in Columbus. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal follows at the Mountainview Cemetery in Columbus. The Mass will be live streamed through the St. Mary’s website and YouTube Channel at mystmary.com.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Condolences may be shared at smithfuneralchapels.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    240 W 4th Avenue North
    COLUMBUS, MT 59019
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    Notes
    Vigil service 7:00 p.m. on Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church.
  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    240 W 4th Avenue North
    COLUMBUS, MT 59019
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    Notes
    Streaming from mystmary.com
    Officiant
    Father Navil Rodrigues
  • Interment

    Location
    Mountain View Cemetery
    Address
    West Columbus
    COLUMBUS, MT 59019
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MaryAnn Safford

Posted at 01:20pm
Dear Dean and family,
MaryAnn was a wonderful next door neighbor. We always enjoyed her cheerfulness and thoughtfulness! It was fun sharing MAS & MAS initials with her when we both were employed by the Columbus School District! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Tom and MaryAnn
SL

Shiela and Abe Loeb

Posted at 11:59pm
Our thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of MaryAnn. She was a remarkable lady
LK

Larry and Janelle Martell and kids.

Posted at 06:37pm
Love you always Aunt Maryann.
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