Mary Louise Hardessen, 98, of Kearney, formerly of Brule, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at Brookdale Northridge Assisted Living in Kearney.

Mary was born on Dec. 30, 1920 in Chappell to Guy and Maude (Sudman) Neumann and she spent her early years in the landmark Sudman-Neumann Heritage House, which is now on the Nebraska Register of Historic Places.

She attended the University of Nebraska and worked in Ogallala where she met the love of her life, Carroll, and they married Aug. 27, 1944. Carroll and Mary farmed and fed cattle on their farm southwest of Brule until moving to Kearney in 2014.

Mary was involved in numerous community organizations including Extension Club, Eastern Star, PEO and was a 4-H leader.

She was an avid gardener, loved playing bridge, needlework, quilting, weaving baskets and participating in painting and ceramics classes.

Surviving relatives include daughters, Jane Hardessen Shaw (Bud) of Walla Walla, Wash. and Linda Adams (Jerry) of Broken Bow; son, John (Sue) of Kearney; grandchildren, Amy Staples (Corey) of Broken Bow, Melissa Lynd (Adam) of Overland Park, Kan., Scott Adams (Andrea) of North Liberty, Iowa, Erica Hardessenb of Kearney, and Jess Hardessen (Mikala) of Gretna; and 10 great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Carroll; and brothers, Robert and Byron Neumann.

A register book signing will be held Friday, Dec. 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala.

Memorial services will be at the First Congregational, United Church of Christ in Brule on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lisa Hadler officiating.

Condolences are to Linda Adams, 79498 Hwy 21, Broken Bow, NE or John Hardessen, 4521 Vista View Lane, Kearney, NE 68845.

Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials have been established to Chappell Museum Association / Heritage House. Online condolences may be left at