Mary Ann Andrews

Mary Andrews was born February 10, 1927 in Marshall, Missouri. She died peacefully on July 16, 2020 surrounded by family and friends, including her best friend and husband of seventy-one years, Mark Andrews.

Mary was the only child and the light of the lives of George and Lucille Willming. They moved to Fargo in 1940 when Mary was in seventh grade. The Willmings attended Gethsemane Cathedral on Ninth Street South and so did Mark Andrews’ family. Their friendship began there when the two (neither of great voice) were asked to fill chairs in the choir.

Mary joined a wonderful potluck in high-school and gained lifelong friendships there. She went on to graduate with a degree from Smith College in political science. Mark often commented that his political success was all due to Mary. They were a great team—both loved serving the people of North Dakota.

Mary was active in PEO, Homemakers, her church, The International Club, and she was president of Junior League and President of the Congressional Club. She was blessed with many wonderful friends.

Mary married her best friend, Mark, on June 28, 1949. Mark and Mary were able to be together to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary a little less than three weeks before Mary’s death.

Mary was a wonderful mother to Mark III (Sue), Sarah (Doug Herman), and Karen. Mary was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to: Mark Andrews IV; Katie and Aaron Locke and their children: Lucy and Staton; Matt and Poli Herman and their children: Henry and Caroline; Sam and Mia Herman and son: Gage; and Joe and Kristin Herman.

Mary and her family were blessed by many excellent caregivers, including: Bethany at 42nd and Gracepoint, Ethos Hospice, and especially Missy and Elaina.

Due to the Covid Pandemic there will be a private family service which will be simulcast-and/or available for later viewing by friends who may wish to join in the celebration of Mary’s life. The link to the simulcast can be found at

In lieu of flowers Mary asked that any memorials be given to Gethsemane Cathedral or to a favorite charity of the donor’s choosing.

Memories and condolences may be shared at Arrangements by Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home - Fargo, ND.

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