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Mary Anne (Lammers) McDermott


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Mary Anne Lammers McDermott

Mary Anne Lammers McDermott died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the age of 85 in Jacksonville, FL after a long illness. Born in Polo, SD on November 14, 1930, she was nicknamed "Tiny" by her family. Her father, Joseph Lammers, was a farmer, cattle rancher, bar owner and SD State Liquor Commissioner. While attending Augustana College, Mary worked as bookkeeper in her Dad's bar. Her mother, Anna Hardes Lammers, raised ten happy children in the harsh Dakota winters of the 20s and 30s. (Family lore has it that Anna was dubbed "Black Market Annie" during Prohibition, but no one's saying why.)

After raising her family in Sioux Falls, Arkansas, both Carolinas and Florida, Mary decided Ponte Vedra, FL was the perfect spot to stay put. She had a job at a travel agency and a condo near the ocean, two things she said she "wouldn't even know to dream of" as a youngster on a Midwestern farm.

Mary had other names beyond "Tiny" - she was called Marty by sons-in-law and friends alike, and was dubbed "Sierra Madre" by son Terry, who renamed everyone. Her grandchildren couldn't agree on one name for her, so from oldest to youngest they called her Gran, then Nana (sometimes Nanabelle), and finally Nina.

Mary was a happy traveler who loved the anticipation as much as the trip itself. Often accompanied by Nancy, her youngest, she traveled to San Francisco, New York, Colorado, the New England Coast and Montreal, to name a few places. She learned to snow ski at the age of 50. She recalled some of her youthful ambitions in life had been Stewardess, Fashion Designer and Race Car Driver, in no particular order.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff of The Terrace of Jacksonville Nursing and Rehab Center, who lovingly cared for Mary these past few years. And all Mary's family owes a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to her youngest child and best friend, Nancy, who was with her every step of the way through the most difficult part of her life.

Mary is survived by sons, Mike (Johanna Clay) McDermott, Terry (Katherine) McDermott, and daughters, Lisa (Mike) McCartha, Colleen Simpson, Nancy (Ron) Weaver, and eight grandchildren: Ashley & Colleen McDermott, Judge & Joe Simpson, Kelly & Mary Alex McCartha, Ronnie and Mary Crawford Weaver. She grew up as one of ten children and is survived by sisters, Agnes Kolda, Betty Matthews, Jane (Cliff) Vanhove, Ellie (Dick) Sabers, and brother, Ed Lammers, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Patrick and daughter, Jane, her brothers, Paul, Lee, Cal and Mel Lammers, and her parents.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL on September 10th. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connections of Jacksonville http://communityconnectionsjax.org/.
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 10, 2016
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