November 5, 2020
Mary Anna Gunn, 96, the daughter of Henry and Mae (DeVore) Ahrens, was born Nov. 29, 1923, near Edgar. She died Wednesday, Oct. 28, at her home in Edgar.
As a young girl, Mary’s home was a farm house in the middle of a section.
She remembered vividly the long ungraveled road leading up to the house, no modern conveniences and telephone with a party line. Mary, along with her two sisters, Lavena and Doris, and her parents went to Edgar on Saturday nights where her parents would trade cream and eggs for groceries.
Mary attended a rural country school in Clay County and graduated from Edgar High School with the Class of 1940. She was united in marriage to Donald P. Gunn on Sept. 15, 1940. Five children were born to this union. Donnie and Mary moved to California in the fall of 1941 for a short while were he worked for the railroad and later for Cal-Ship in Long Beach. In 1944, the family moved to St. George, Utah, before coming home to Edgar to make their home.
Mary worked for 29 years at Superior Deshler, the bank for three years and in later years she was employed by Bethesda Care Center in Edgar.
Mary had first been a member of the Edgar Methodist Church which later merged with the Presbyterian Church which became the Church of the Plains. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, sang in the choir and taught sunday school. She served as both a Girl and Boy Scout leader. In her spare time Mary enjoyed gardening and doing needle work.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; sons, Donald Dean Gunn and Jay P. Gunn; sisters, Lavena Beck and Doris Wallace.
Survivors include daughters, Lana Horst and Dixie Osborne, both of Edgar; a son, Jeff Gunn of Nelson; seven grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Her funeral was at 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Edgar Cemetery. Pastor Ethan Feistner officiated.
Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com. Williams Funeral Home of Edgar, was in charge of the arrangements.