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MaryAnn McJunkin

Longtime resident Maryann McJunkin, 88, died on February 22, 2024, at Bella Sera. She was born November 20, 1935, in Columbus, Montana, to Charles and Edna Foley on November 20, 1935.  A 1953 graduate of Columbus High School, she dreamed of becoming a nurse.  In 1955, she met a former Marine, Kaye “Mac” McJunkin, and married on January 7, 1956. Kaye remained the love of her life long after their 35 years together. So began her life as a wife and mother of 6 children: Carol, Cheryl, Dirk, Roxanne, Andrea, and Donovan.  Which would blossom into 13 grandkids and 14 great-grandkids with whom she shared her love of board games.

Married life started in a travel trailer job hopping Montana’s missile silos.  A move to Missouri in 1962 didn’t last as they returned to Montana briefly before her first plane trip with five kids to California in 1964.

Maryann was a wonderful mother and a master of multi-tasking in a busy home. She loved being a mother, and her kid’s world was her world.  Maryann was a wonderful cook, and baking homemade bread, pies, and cakes always needed a pinch more of something.

Maryann was preceded in life by her husband Kaye, son-in-law Tom Keichline, daughter-in-law Kathy McJunkin, and her parents and siblings Shirley, Kathleen, and Patrick.

Maryann is survived by her six children:

Carol Fine (Lee), Cheryl Nelson (Mark),

Dirk, Roxanne Keichline, Andrea Aulds (Jerry), and Donovan (Chrissy). Grandchildren: John, Kyle, Christopher, Mathew, Tamara, Stacie, Shawn, Kelsey, Steffanie, Katy, Trey, Colton, Colin; their eight chosen ones and fourteen great-grandkids. As well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the care and love of the staff at Bella Sera. Mom had a special friendship with Monica Herrera and Joy Orong.

A Rosary will be on Thurs., Feb. 29, 5:00-5:30 pm at HK Holland Mortuary Chapel, with viewing to follow. Mass will be held Fri., March 1, at 11:00 am at Saint Ann Catholic Church, and burial will follow at Desert Memorial Park—a reception will be at The Patriot Bar.