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Mary Ann Rath

Mary Ann (Buller) Rath, age 89, of Aurora, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Memorial Community Care.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, November 8th at the Stockham Community Church. Rev. Paul Nauman and Pastor Vance Christie will officiate. Burial Service will be at 9:45 A.M. at the Stockham Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made in care of the family to be designated at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Mary Ann Rath, the daughter of John D. and Dora (Doell) Buller, was born in York County near Bradshaw, Nebraska on October 31, 1929 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on November 4, 2018, at the age of 89.

Mary Ann attended school in Bradshaw and graduated from Bradshaw High School in 1947. She attended Tabor College in Kansas and taught school near Henderson after college.

Mary Ann was united in marriage to Wayne Allen Rath on August 24, 1949 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson. They sold Pioneer Seed Corn and farmed near Eldorado, NE for 35 years before purchasing Daylight Donut Shop in Aurora, which they ran for 12 years. Mary Ann also owned and maintained several rental properties in Aurora. Wayne passed away on March 9, 2007.

Wayne and Mary Ann were blessed to be very active and raise their family alongside their friends at Stockham Bible Church for many years. Mary Ann held positions in the Women’s Ministry program and taught many Sunday School Classes. Mary Ann’s ministry did not stop at the door of her church. She organized and led multiple Bible Studies in Harvard, Aurora and the surrounding area. Mary Ann, along with others was instrumental in starting Christian Women’s Club in Aurora many years ago, which is still going. Mary Ann was a member of the Aurora Evangelical Free Church at the time of her death, where she had also been very active in women’s ministries and as a Sunday School teacher.

Mary Ann was a lifelong learner, always pursuing new things. Upon their move to Aurora from the farm in 1984 she became an active community member. Mary Ann loved to read, garden, entertain and have coffee with her many friends. She was an avid quilter making dozens of quilts, all hand quilted.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne and sons, Jack and Dale Lynn; four brothers, Dean, Grant, Dell and Denzil Buller and a sister, Jean Thieszen.

Nothing was more important to Mary Ann than her family whom she loved dearly. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Joann (Roger) Hattan of rural Aurora; daughter-in-law, Gail Rath of rural Aurora; grandchildren, Sage Rath of rural Aurora, Cody Rath of Grand Island, Lindsay Hattan of Omaha & fiancé, Matthew Gould of Lincoln , Jacque (Trevor) Carden of North Carolina, Cheyann (Duane) Donnell of Marquette and Logan (Shelby) Rath of rural Giltner; great-grandchildren, Caiden Rath, Peyton Griffin, Laini Rath, Dodie Donnell & James Carden. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Albert Thieszen; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Buller and other family and friends.

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