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Mary C. Lemman

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mary C. Lemman

March 11, 1923 - Sept. 17, 2012

OBERLIN, Nebraska -- Mary Christine (Fisher) Lemman was born March 11, 1923, in Red Willow County Nebraska, to John George and Olga Lorraine (Burrus) Fisher. She passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at the Decatur County Good Samaritan Society in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 89.

Mary and her four siblings were reared on the family farm northeast of Danbury, Nebraska. She attended District 80 Red Willow County School for eight years, Danbury High School for two years, and Indianola High School for two years, graduating in 1940.

On July 27, 1941, Mary was united in marriage to Donald Charles Lemman in Norton, Kansas. They began their married life together in Danbury, Nebraska, and one son and four daughters were born to their union.

In addition to making a home for her family, Mary worked as a waitress, a clerk at Gibsons and Duckwalls, and housekeeper at the hospital. She enjoyed her family and was especially fond of her grandchildren. Mary loved to collect dishes and operated Grandma's Glass House in Oberlin for many years. She also enjoyed flower gardening.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Donald on Nov. 27, 1994; son-in-law, Roy Van Pelt; great-grandson, Grant Farrell; brothers, Gilford and Harold Fisher; and sister, Marie Pemberton.

Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Donald and Marcia Lemman of Hays, Audrey and Murry Pavlicek of Oberlin, Dona Van Pelt of Oberlin, Janet Knipp and special friend, Stephen Wright of Hays, and Carol and Scott Hodson of Omaha, Nebraska; one sister, Ardess Cappel of McCook, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Lila Fisher of Norton and Colleen Farman of Tribune; 16 grandchildren: Kristi Geschwentner and special friend, Bill Ortiz, Kelli (Daniel) Butherus, Chad Newton, Brian (Shaundell) Van Pelt, Allen (Laura) Gidcumb, Kerri Schippers, Lisa (Glenn) Dreiling, Amy (James) Henderson, Amber (Brian) Farrell, Darren (Jenny) Newton, Derek (Lisa) Hodson, Charlie (Jemie) Lemman, Vanessa (Jason) Berry, Rustyn Newton, Maleah (Corey) Johnson and Christopher (Haley) Lemman; 29 great-grandchildren: Emily and Kelsea Geschwentner; Clay and Erin Butherus; Austin Jantz; Brianna and Trey Van Pelt; Marissa Gidcumb; Kollyn, Mark, and Luke Schippers; Kale and Kadey Dreiling; Mason and Jenna Henderson; Chase Newton and Caitlin Farrell; Dylan and Madison Newton; Austin and Kendra Lemman; Taeya, Brynn, and Landry Berry; Reislyn Johnson; and Kamryn, Brynlee, and Cooper Lemman; four stepgreat-grandchildren: Alaysia, Hunter, Bailey, and Dusty Lepper; and one step great-great-grandson, Adian Wertenberger; and special friends, Cletus Knipp, Steve Newton, Terry Geschwentner, Julisa Haines, Scott Schippers, and Jason Rowh.

Services were today, Sept. 20, 2012, at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin with the Rev. Chris Nelson officiating. Interment was at the Oberlin Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Decatur County Good Samaritan Society.

Pauls Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.