Mary Helen Emery, 83, Luverne, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Sunday, Nov. 29, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne with burial at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Mary McRobert was born Feb. 17, 1932, to J. Bryan and Gail (Carter) McRobert in Luverne. She graduated from Luverne High School before attending the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.
On July 14, 1952, Mary married Howard Emery in Luverne. The couple lived in California while Howard was in the Navy. After Howard was honorably discharged from the Navy, the couple started farming north of Luverne. After five years they moved to a farm east of Beaver Creek. In 1971 Howard and Mary moved north of Luverne and continued farming until 1985. The couple moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Mary worked at AMK Storage. In 2011 they returned to Luverne to fulfill their retirement. Mary entered the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne in 2012.
Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church in Luverne, the Luverne Eagles Auxiliary, Kappa Alpha Beta and the PEO. She enjoyed knitting, reading, traveling and dancing.
Mary is survived by her son, Mark (Deb) Emery, Luverne; four grandchildren, Sandy Emery, Tami (Kyle) Van Heerde, Joe (friend Lexi) Emery and JayDee Emery; seven great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; thirteen stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Sara (Richard) Dorn, St. Cloud; and a brother-in-law, Buster (Ardella) Emery, Hector.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; and a son, Thomas B. Emery.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com