Mary Hillestad, 82, of Fargo, ND passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, March 21, 2020. M ary Schneider was born November 15th, 1937 to Ray and Elsie (Johnson) Schneider in Hannah, ND. Mary graduated from Hannah High School in 1955 then attended Minot Business College. Mary and Harris Hillestad were married on May 7th, 1957. They raised their family in small towns of North Dakota settling in Calvin. Harris and Mary retired in Lillian, Alabama until their move to Fargo in 2018. Mary is survived by her husband Harris Hillestad; children: Tamra (Terry) Robinson of Cooper Landing, AK, Lynn (Linda) Hillestad of Breckenridge, MN, Jeanne (Larry) Nahinurk of Devils Lake, ND, Karen (Pat) McNeive of Pocahontas, IA, Lisa (Jon) Eckhoff of Winona, MN; 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; brother Louis (Jean) Schneider of Bismark, ND, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends. She is preceded in death by her siblings Luverne, Sylvester, Elmer, and Patricia. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at a later date. The Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo is assisting with arrangements. Our family would like to express a special thanks for the tender care given to Mary from the CHI Health at Home team and the Riverview staff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the CHI Health at Home team of Fargo.

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  1. Shorty and family, so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. I recall my two years at the Border Central School and how Shorty and Mary took great pride in keeping the school building cleaned and maintained. They were very sociable and made everyone feel very welcomed. It has been years since I’ve seen them but remember their smiling faces. God bless you in this time of sorrow and give you comfort and peace.

  2. We have really good memories of the beautiful Mary. Even a song sung around the campfire so many years ago. Our thoughts are with you Harris and family.

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with all of Mary’s family at this time. Many great memories of our families being together over the years.

  4. To the family of Mary, my sympathy and prayers reach to you all in the loss of your beloved Wife, Sister, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. In the days that follow, may your reminiscent memories completely fill your hearts with the greatness of beauty, love and joy. She raised a wonderful family. May she rest in eternal peace.

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