Mary Asmussen, Pierre
Mary Margaret Asmussen, 91, Pierre, formerly of Agar, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at her home in Pierre. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Christ Church Episcopal, Gettysburg, with the Rev. John Tarrant officiating. Burial will be i...
Mary Margaret Asmussen, 91, Pierre, formerly of Agar, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at her home in Pierre.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Christ Church Episcopal, Gettysburg, with the Rev. John Tarrant officiating. Burial will be in Onida Cemetery, Onida.
Arrangements are under the direction of Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1917, at Madison to Bernard and Margaret (Funston) Brake.
When she was very young, she and her family moved to Mitchell.
She helped in her parents' café as a cashier and graduated from Mitchell Public Schools in 1936. She received her bachelor's degree in secondary business education from Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell.
She worked at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Dressen Moving and Storage Co., State Movie Theater and Woolworth's as a bookkeeper and cashier.
In 1941, she moved to Agar to begin her teaching career.
She married Stanley Asmussen.
She lived in Mitchell during World War II and taught in Plankinton.
Following her husband's return from the war, they returned to Agar. In the 1960s and 1970s, she helped run the Bunkhouse Café in Agar.
They remained in Agar until 1999, when her husband died.
She then moved to Parkwood Apartments in Pierre where she lived until the time of her death.
She was a member of Christ Church Episcopal Church, where she served as a lay reader and delegate to church conventions. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years and was one of the people responsible for creating poppy corsages.
She directed plays for the Agar School and community.
She served on the Agar School Board, was an election judge, a member of Sully County Democrats and served as a state convention delegate.
She also was a member of American Association of University Women and Cattle Women.
She is survived by her children: Johannas and husband David; Tom and wife Vivian; and Ted and wife Brenda; eight grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and and a great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant brother, an infant sister, her in-laws and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.