Our dear Mother and life's best friend, "Mary Ann C. Cox-Priest," 89, of Bozeman, is now dancing with the angels in heaven. She was called by her Lord and Savior to join her loved ones on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. She was a devoted wife and mother who will be missed by all who knew her.
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Mary Ann was born on April 11, 1918, in Kansas City, Kan., to Matt and Lucy Cecilia Oresnik. Her father, Matt, had been killed in a union dispute eight weeks before her birth.
She grew up and lived in Kansas City, Kan., until she moved to Milwaukee, Wis., and married Milton C. Jaehnig in 1943. She had two children, Marlyn and Milton.
She moved back to Kansas City, Kan., where she met and married Jack Cox in 1962. She and Jack moved to Bozeman in 1984 where they lived until Jack's death in 1985.
In 1986, she met and married Manhattan native Robert "Bob" K. Priest. Bob introduced Mary Ann to camping, and she introduced Bob to her love of dancing. They spent many weekends camping in various parts of Montana, and just as many evenings and weekends socializing with friends at the Bozeman Elks Lodge and "dancing to the oldies." Mary Ann was known for her love of the fast dances, especially any Elvis tune.
The last three years of her life were spent at Mountain View Care Center under the loving and caring hands of nurses, aides and staff. A special "thank you" to Melissa, one of the many caregivers who gave so much to make Mom comfortable. Your love and kindness will never be forgotten.
Mary Ann will always be remembered for her sense of humor, even during the times when she was not feeling her best, her concern for the people caring for her, and the love she had for her children.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlyn M. Reed and fiance, Peter MacKenzie of Bozeman; her son, Milton C. Jaehnig and his wife, Pam of Beaverton, Ore.; niece, Nancy Berrigan and husband, Paul of Farmington Hills, Mich.; and stepdaughters, Violet Kent and Wanda Woodruff of Littleton, Colo.
Visitation with the family will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with interment following in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 30, 2008