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Mary Haws - July 05, 2013


Mary Elaine Haws, 89, from Minden, died on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Kearney County Health Services in Minden.
Mary was born on Feb. 19, 1924, in Kearney County near Heartwell to Edward and Carrie (Hawkinson) Wommer.
She grew up on a farm in Liberty Township with her brothers and sister.
Mary graduated from Minden High School and attended the Hastings College of Commerce in Hastings.
On Jan. 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to Irvin William Haws. They made their home on a farm north of Heartwell and later moved to Minden. To this union, two children were born: a daughter, Mary Amanda, and a son, James Edward.
While her children were growing up and attending the Heartwell School, she was the school’s chief cook and bottle washer until the school went to grade school classes only. When she finished her degree in medical transcription, she began working for the Kearney County Health Clinic.
She later started doing the transcription work for both the clinic and the hospital. She retired from the Kearney County Health Services after 30 years.
Mary enjoyed her family. She always followed her children’s activities whether it would be attending a football game, school concerts, baton recital, or a Sunday School program.
She enjoyed crocheting and was always working on a project for a birthday, a wedding, or a baby gift.
She was a member of the United Methodist church, a member of the Women’s Methodist Group, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She considered herself a member of the Humane Society because of her love of animals.
Survivors include her son, James; and daughter, Mary, both of Minden; sister, Edna Brumbaugh of Omaha, and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Irvin, parents Ed and Carrie Wommer, and brothers, Donald and Virgil Wommer.
Memorial services were July 8 at the United Methodist Church in Minden with the Rev. Paul Blanchard officiating.
Burial was in the Minden Cemetery prior to the memorial service.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.