MaryAnn Feist Simons, age 77, passed away peacefully at her home on August 10, 2020.
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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.