Mary J. Ankrum

Mary J. Ankrum, age 73, of Philip, died Friday morning, April 1, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip with Father Ron Garry as celebrant and Father Tim Hoag as con-celebrant.

Lector was Jerry Rhodes. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Altar servers were Brynn Coyle and Carrie Buchholz. Ushers were Lloyd Frein and Mike Gebes. Pallbearers were Mary’s grandchildren, Jason, Wade, Justin, Brady and Jerry Rhodes, Jr., Jeremy, Travis and April Noteboom.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery with Rush Funeral Home of Philip in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Jean Hart was born March 3, 1932, in Philip, SD, the daughter of George W. and Margaret (Hansen) Hart. She grew up and received her education in Philip, graduating from Philip High School in 1950.

Mary was united in marriage to Lester E. "Les" Ankrum on August 4, 1950, in Philip, SD. In 1951, Mary took the position as clerk for the Haakon County Treasurer's Office. Later she moved to Deputy Treasurer and in 1962 she was elected Haakon County Treasurer.

Her husband, Les Ankrum, preceded her in death on October 19, 1987.

She continued to work as Treasurer of Haakon County until retiring in 1997, after 45 years of service. After retiring, she continued to reside in Philip.

Mary was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Evening Guild. She enjoyed playing cards and was involved in many card groups.

Grateful for having shared her life include two daughters, Patti Rhodes and her husband, Jerry, and Tina Noteboom and her husband, Mike, all of Philip; eight grandchildren, Jason Rhodes, Wade Rhodes, Justin Rhodes, Brady Rhodes, Jerry Rhodes, Jr., Jeremy Noteboom, Travis Noteboom, and April Noteboom; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, George Hart and his wife, Barb, of Thornton, CO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Les, Mary was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Hart; a sister, Eileen Hoag, and her twin sister, Margaret Jean Hart, as a child.

A memorial has been established.