Mary Jean Bradburn
February 13, 1927 ~ November 15, 2013
Mary Jean (Illgen) Bradburn, age 86 of Fargo, ND passed away on November 15, 2013 surrounded by her family.
Mary Jean was born in Fargo on February 13, 1927, to Clarence and Anna (Shipstead) Illgen.
Mary Jean graduated from Fargo Central High School.
On November 14, 1946 she married Marvin Butze. They made their home in rural Glyndon where they raised their 4 children.
In October 1983 she married Neal Bradburn. They made their home in Fargo and enjoyed spending time at Cormorant and Tulaby Lake.
Mary Jean has been a member of First Lutheran Church of Fargo she was also a member of the Ladies of the Shrine Eagles where she enjoyed spending time with friends and dancing.
She loved to sing, dance and spend time with her 4 sisters, children and grandchildren and her little dog, Daisy. Her life revolved around her family and friends who she was sure to be in contact with or call every day.
Mary Jean is survived by her children, Debra McElhaney of La Jolla, CA; David Butze of Detroit Lakes, MN; Joan (James) Hebert of Fargo; John (Jennifer) Butze of Glyndon, MN; 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; her sister, Beverly Hamre of Hillsboro ND, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Anna Illgen; her sisters, Devon (Bonnie) Hagen; Clarice Nordhaugen ; Delores Anderson; her close cousin Robert Cowie; and her husbands, Neal Bradburn and Marvin Butze.