Mary Ann Berland
January 8, 1937 – April 22, 2018
Mary Ann Berland (81) passed away Sunday afternoon, April 22, 2018 in Wilbur, Washington. She was born January 8, 1937 in Billings, Montana to John W. & Ruth Egan. On November 17th, 1956, nineteen year young Mary Ann Egan married Barney R. Berland in Livingston, Montana. In the mid-1980s Barney and Mary Ann purchased the gas station at 212 Midway Avenue in Grand Coulee, Washington and converted it into a convenience store – “Midway Mini Mart”. A lifelong horse lover, Mary Ann enjoyed going for long rides in the hills and was a member of Ridge Riders Rodeo in Grand Coulee, Washington, as well belonging to both the Grand Coulee Eagles and Moose Clubs. At age sixty years Mary Ann traded in riding the hills with horse and saddle, and became a familiar site in “Mary Ann” her green 4x4 Ford Pick-Up. Mary Ann could never sit still except to watch a favorite game show or for friendly game of pinochle at the Grand Coulee Senior Center. When not four-wheeling through mud-holes, Mary Ann enjoyed working in her flower beds, going to the casino, creating and selling homemade crafts at bazaars and adopting every stray cat which needed a home. Her greatest love though was always spending time with her family, especially her great grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband of 29 years in 1985: Barney Berland; mother: Ruth Egan; sister: Yvonne Beebe; grandson: Leon Weed and significant other: Jerry Rodgers; Mary Ann’s legacy lives on through her son: John Berland (Mona); grandson: Joseph Berland (Kim); great-grandson: Seth Adams Weed; traditional son: Del Ostenberg (Peggy) and their family - grandchildren: Dawn Ensminger (Victor), Alexandria Boyd and Trisha Ostenberg; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister Karen Braunstader and her family – 1 niece and one great-nephew and four other nephews . A celebration of Mary Ann’s life will be announced at a future date. Her family requests that contributions be made in her memory to the Grand Coulee Eagles or Ridge Riders. Please sign Mary Ann’s online register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is honored to be serving Mary Ann’s family.
- Celebration of Life Monday, April 30, 2018
Mary Ann Berland
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June 14, 2018
The neighborhood just doesn't seem the same since you left. I said a prayer for you every time you left in your truck. Ha It was sad to watch the once very active person I knew to slowly fade away. Wishing you peace forever and always.
April 30, 2018
Mary Ann was a wonderful women. Always so friendly , and easy to talk with. Not only did I get the pleasure of cooking her occasional breakfast or lunch at Flos cafe for a couple years, but she was also my mothers neighbor for several years. Always inviting me over to watch a program on t.v. or to just sit and visit. She WS always so helpful in anyway she could. She'll be missed by myself and other members of my family as well. May she rest in peace.