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Mary Ellen Tieskotter

Wed, Aug 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary Tieskotter, age 61, passed away following a brief illness at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX. On July 28, 2013. Mary was born on March 11, 1952 in Martin, SD to Irvine and Gertrude (Buum) Richardson. She grew up in Longvalley, SD and graduated from Kadoka High School in 1971 and briefly attended BHSC in Spearfish, SD.

Mary wed Greg Barber in June of 1969 and they had a baby son who died shortly after birth. After her marriage to Greg ended she decided to be adventurous and in her travels met a soldier Dan Sanders in Kentucky and they married and moved to his hometown of Torrance, CA. Mary and Dan had a son named Jason in September 1973. While pregnant with her second child she moved to Helena, MT and Jeremy was born in Helena in January 1978. Mary became a single mom and went back to school at the Helena Vo-Tech to study computers. While in Helena she met and married the love of her life, William (Bill) Tieskotter in August of 1980. Bill worked in the logging industry and when work became scarce they decided to move the family back to Harmony, Minnesota, Bill’s home town in 1981. Bill later adopted the two boys.

Mary worked for several years in Decorah, Iowa at Rockwell International assembling black boxes for airplanes and Bill started his own successful excavation business. Mary was widowed when Bill was killed in an automobile accident in June of 2005. Mary remained in the Harmony area for a few years before deciding to move to Kirbyville, TX to be near Bill’s niece Cindy and her husband Harry Hargis in 2007. Mary worked in the home health care field and was an active member of the Magnolia Springs United Methodist Church where she worshiped and served her fellow parishioners joyfully.

Mary is survived by her son Jason (Valerie) Ties otter of Austin, MN and Jeremy Tieskotter of Steamboat Springs, CO, two granddaughters Alexis and Taylar Tieskotter of Minnesota and step grandchildren Jacob and Kayla Jacobsen also of Minnesota, her siblings, Carol (Gary) Duval, Helena, MT.; Vernon (Roxy) Richardson and Reed(Joyce)Richardson of Longvalley, SD.and , several nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents, Irvine and Gertrude Richardson, her brother Roland her baby son Jamie Ray.

Mary’s legacy will live on in the many wonderful memories she created with her family and times spent in Disneyland, California, Mexico, Minnesota, Texas and her most recent adventure a cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate Jason and Val’s wedding. She loved her grandchildren very much and delighted in being with them. She loved to travel and see new places and had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Her funeral services were held on Friday August 2nd 2013 at the Magnolia Springs United Methodist Church in Magnolia Springs Texas with Rev. Larry Shows officiating.

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