Mary Leith, age 92, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Woodside Village Nursing home, Grand Forks. N.D.

Mary Alice Connelly was born November 14, 1920 in Lawton, N.D., the daughter of Patrick and Edith (Fifer) Connelly. She was educated at the Newbre Township school.

She married Kenneth Leith on June 28, 1937. They farmed and raised their seven children near Lakota, N.D. From 1957-1961 they lived in Minot, N.D. They then returned to their farm where they lived until 1981 when they retired and moved to Fargo.

Mary was devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Alter Society. She taught CCD for many years and was the principle of the CCD program.

She was active in many of her children’s school activities including Band Mothers, PTA, and avidly followed their band and sports activities. 

Mary loved her farm. Each spring she planted a huge garden and canned innumerable quarts of produce in the fall.

She was a proficient seamstress, sewing most of her children’s clothing through the years, and crocheting afghans for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary is survived by children, Dennis, Minot, ND, Dale (Valerie), Owatonna, MN, Mary Beth, Grand Forks, ND, Judy (Lance) Sateren, Bismarck, ND, Jim (Paul Good), Golden Valley, MN, Anne (Marty) Riske, Fargo, ND, David (Betty) Stanley, ND; 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Kenneth, her daughter-in-law, Mary Louise (Anderson) Leith, great-grandson Brent Allen Weston, her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

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  1. Golden Valley MN
    Speaking on behalf on my family, we miss our Mother dearly. But we have very fond memories of our lives together both in Lakota and in Fargo. She will live on in our hearts.
    A loving son, Jim

  2. Orange Park FLWent to school with Mary at Newbre. Remember her as bright, funny and sweet.

    My prayers to the Mary’s family during this time of grief. Celebrate her long life and remember her as the great mother and grandmother. I am sure she was.

  3. Minot ND
    With deepest sympathy for your loss. We both wish we could have been there for you, but Papa is just not up for travel. He’s so leery of getting away from home and having a severe episode again.

    Take Care & God Bless You All!

    Milo & Pat

  4. Puyallup WAWe were so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary’s passing.

    I have so many fond memories of her at the farm. She was a really good cook and a great mother. Aunt Mary, like most of the Connellys, had a wonderful sense of humor. And her ability to remain calm midst all the chaos of raising 7 kids was amazing.

    She will be missed by all who knew her.

  5. San Diego CAI remember your mom as being a very nice, faithful and gracious lady. My condolences. — Fr. Ben Bachmeier

  6. Danville VaMy prayers are with all the family. I trust
    your memories of family times,
    laughter with your mother and grandmother and memories of Lakota days will help you get through these difficult times. Thinking of you and praying for you!!

  7. Manvel ND
    I am so sorry, Anne and Family….I didn’t know your Mother but I am quite certain I would have loved her dearly if I had known her if she were anything like you. God Rest Her well deserved Soul. May you find comfort and Peace in knowing Heaven has gained another Angel. Sounds to me like she served our Lord to her utmost.
    God Bless You……Our Love and Blessings,
    Odell and Reggie:)

  8. Minot ND
    Our sincerest and heartfelt sympathy to Mary’s family she was truly a great lady and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all. Love Diane & Family

  9. Fargo ND
    I’m so sad today. One of my dearest friends is gone. Thank God for memories as I have an abundance of them – of spending time with both her and Kenneth. Such a warm, welcoming home – always. Our sympathies to the Leith family for today and for many, many days to follow. Wrap yourself in the warmth of your mother’s love – it was plentiful. You were so blessed.
    God Bless! Rick & Char Feldman

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