Mary Ann Ihry, 61, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020 at Sanford Health in Fargo. She had lived at Good Sam in Fargo for the past 18 months.
Mary was born on January 30, 1959 to Adolph and Ardis (McCullough) Ihry. She was number seven of nine children growing up on the family farm in Hope, ND. Mary loved being on the farm, hanging with her brothers. She was witty, loved people and great food. Mary loved her family especially her nephews and nieces sharing pictures and sport clips with her friends. Mary still enjoyed time with her high school friends and considered them the “BEST”!
Mary graduated from Hope High School in 1977 and attended Don’s Beauty School in Fargo, ND. She quickly found work in Minot, ND where she lived for 37 years. Mary worked at Scissors Edge and eventually opened her own business, Mary Ann’s Hair Klinique. She was famously known for the ten dollar haircut. She retired in 2018 as her health was failing.
Mary married Rod Eshenko in 2005. She considered him her lifelong friend. Mary enjoyed her life in Minot leaving many wonderful friends. She was on many pool leagues and was known as a pool shark with a great eye for the game.
Mary had a rare gene mutation, so rare that she has been written up in the British Medical Journal that will go worldwide. She is one of two or three people in the world who had this mutation. She would be happy to know she had helped someone else with this. She fought hard in life with many illnesses and lived “Ihry Strong” every day.
She leaved behind siblings, Connie (Woody) Caspers, Fargo; Reed (Michelle Lemley) Ihry, Red Willow; “Neal” Buck Ihry, Hope; Lori (Tim) Powell, Hope; Keith (Brenda Faller) Ihry, Hope; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Slater) Ihry, Hope; and Brenda (Knudson) Ihry, Fargo; and also nieces, nephews, and their children totaling 110 family members; and Mary’s dear friend, Rod Eshenko, Minot.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardis and Adolph Ihry; siblings (twins) Mary and Joseph; brothers, Gary and wife, Mary (Tretter), Wade, Dale and brother-in-law, Gary Tingum; including grandparents, many aunts, uncle and cousins. Rest in Peace. God Bless Your Memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Sanford Hospice, Hope Park Board, and St. Agatha’s Church, Hope.
Due to COVID, there will be a private family service. It will be livestreamed at 10:30 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2020 on Boulger Funeral Home’s website.