Mary Ann Sasse, age 78, of Tonasket passed away April 29, 2013 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket.
Mary was born May 11, 1934 in Omak to Anna and Jim Bear. She lived her entire life in Pine Creek and Tonasket. She attended grade school at the Beeman School House in Pine Creek and Tonasket High School. On May 12, 1951 she married Lloyd (Kook) Sasse Jr. In 1965 Kook died in a hunting accident leaving Mary widowed. In 1967 she married Donald Sasse. Mary and Donald later divorced. Mary worked for Lee Franks in Tonasket for many years, Grants Market, and 20 years at Mid Valley Hospital retiring in 2003. When Mary could no longer live at the home in Pine Creek she moved into North Valley Assisted Living and then to North Valley Extended Care where she resided until her death. Mary enjoyed crossword puzzles, dancing, feeding her flock of hummingbirds, watching the wildlife from her home and spending time with her family.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents Jim and Anna Bear, husband Lloyd Sasse Jr., brother Jim, sister Lorna Jean Bevier and special companion Harold Carey.
Survivors include sister Shirley Ridout (Bob); children Bert (Diane) Sasse, Kathy (Boe) McDonald, Patty (Brian) Spade, Billy (Kathy) Sasse all of Tonasket; grandchildren Cory and Chris Whitmore, Tammy McIntosh, Sherry Whitney, Nick Dagnon, Dawn Garton, John Sasse, Bryan Sasse, Tyler Sasse, and twins Chad and Troy Sasse; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Cemetery. Memorial services follow at the Tonasket Eagles at 1:00 P.M., with Shane Spangler officiating. Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Tonasket Water Ranch project, Tonasket Youth Basketball Association or charity of your choice.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.