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Mary Virginia Harty

Mary Virginia Harty, age 96, of Milesville, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at Maryhouse in Pierre.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, all at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Virginia Gillaspie was born March 18, 1910, on her grandparents' homestead at Kimbro, SD, the daughter of Thomas H. and Lelia (Kimbro) Gillaspie. She grew up in the Ottumwa area and attended rural schools in that community. She attended Midland High School for three years prior to graduating from Mt. Marty Academy in Yankton. She taught rural school in Haakon and Jones counties for eleven years.

Virginia was united in marriage to Leo S. Harty on May 20, 1939, in Milesville, SD. They made their home in Timber Lake where Leo worked for Farm Security Administration. Later, they moved to Bison and then to Pierre. In 1942, they moved to a farm-ranch in the Milesville area, which they continued to operate until retiring in the late 1960s. After her husband's death on March 29, 1995, she continued to reside on the farm-ranch until 2000, when she moved into Philip due to health reasons. In 2003, she moved to Maryhouse in Pierre, where she has since resided.

Grateful for having shared her life include three sons, Tom Harty and his wife, Helen, of Milesville, Hugh Harty and his wife, Delia, of Milesville, and Pat Harty and his wife, Linda, of Pierre; nine grandchildren, Tommy Harty and his wife, Alice, and Victoria Cook and her husband, Chandler, Moneik, James, and Edward Harty, and Nicole Molseed and her husband, Sam, Bryan, Gianna, and Matthew Harty; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Thomas Molseed, Michael Victor Molseed, and William Thomas Cook; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Leo, Virginia was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Gillaspie, and two sisters, Margaret Reimann and Lelia Maeder.

A memorial is established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com.