Mary McNutt Kemp, 94, of Tryon departed this life on Sept. 25, 2021 at the Quality Nursing Home in Broken Bow.

The youngest of four children, Mary was born to Lucius and Florence (Black) Tupper on Dec. 27, 1926 in Ringgold.

Mary graduated from McPherson County High School and received her teacher’s certification. She married Leorice “Bub” McNutt on June 14, 1946. To this union four children were born: Shara, Patty, Mart and Duane. Her ranch life was busy in the hayfields, raising livestock, gardening, canning and she was best known for baking bread and pies. Mary loved living in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Bub passed away in January 1972. Mary continued caring for the ranch with the help of her two sons, Mart and Duane. In December 1980, she married Emerson “Tom” Kemp, Sr. They enjoyed playing cards and bowling. Tom passed away in November 2004.

Her family would like to thank Sandra Black for taking extraordinary care of Mary in her home.

Mary’s caring heart will be missed by daughters, Shara (Tom) Smyth and Patty Kemp; sons, Mart (Cindy) McNutt and Duane (Sami) McNutt; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with several step-sons, including Rex Kemp. Mary’s love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was unmeasurable and they all will miss their “Grammy Nutt.” Family survivors also include Wilda Schmidt (Delbert dec’d), Twyla (Wally) Dancer, and Delma Knapp.

Along with Mary’s parents, Lucius and Florence and husbands, Bub and Tom; she was preceded in death by sisters; Hazel Paxton and LaVada Rodewald; and brother, Lyle Tupper.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Ringgold Free Methodist in Ringgold with Pastor John Parsons officiating. Burial will follow at Loup Valley Cemetery at Stapleton. Visitation will be noon–7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Tryon Fire and Ambulance in Mary’s name. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 71, Tryon, Nebraska, 69167.

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