Mary Ann Horst, age 88, of Gurley, passed away in Kimball, NE on Sunday, September 24, 2023. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date. 

            You may view Mary Ann’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at  Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mary Ann’s care and funeral arrangements.

            She is survived by three sons Warren and Shelley of Gurley, NE, Mike of St. Paul, MN, Maury and wife Diane of Potter, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Pat Rufenacht of Lodgepole, NE and many nieces and nephews.

            Mary Ann was born in Lodgepole, NE on January 1, 1935 to Walter and Mattie Rufenacht and had five brothers: Lester, Carlton, Pete, Bob and Butch. She graduated high school from Lodgepole and attended college to become a country school teacher. On August 14, 1955, she married Virgil H. Horst and lived on the farm at Gurley her whole life until moving to Kimball Manor in 2018.

            She was a talented seamstress, artist, pianist, gardener, homemaker and loved her family and faith. She was a Nebraska State Wheat Queen in 1949 and won several talent contests.

            Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and one grandchild.