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Mary Tron

August 06, 1949 - July 17, 2021


July 23, 2021
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Memorial Service

July 23, 2021
- 10:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


Boulger Funeral Home

Mary Tron

August 06, 1949 - July 17, 2021


Mary Tron, 71, Moorhead, MN died Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Hospice House-Sanford.

Mary (Erickson) Tron was born to Lloyd and Arlene (Bredeson) Erickson on August 6, 1949 in Jamestown, ND. She attended elementary school at Grand Prairie and Valley City before graduating from Fargo North High in 1967.

Mary attended Moorhead State University for two years, during which she met Philip Tron in September of 1967. In 1969 she transferred to the University of North Dakota’s School of Nursing using an Army scholarship to pay for her education. In May of 1971 she and Phil married in Fargo. Mary graduated from UND in 1972 with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

After graduation she began her active duty, first at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX where she learned the basics of Army life. Then she moved to the US Army Field Hospital at Ft Hood, TX. On December 23, 1972 her unit was mobilized in response to an earthquake in Nicaragua. While in Texas Mary and Phil enjoyed camping and visiting places like Big Bend National Park.

In December of 1973 Mary was transferred to the 2nd Field Hospital in Bremerhaven, West Germany. During her time there she achieved the rank of Captain. While in Europe they traveled around Germany, to Denmark, and the Netherlands. Mary was also able to enjoy a trip to Sweden with some nursing friends. While in Germany Mary and Phil enjoyed visits from his parents and her brother, but they faced their biggest adventure of all: parenthood. Sarah was born in August 1974 in Frankfurt, West Germany.

Mary was discharged in December of 1975 and they returned to the Fargo area. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital and took classes in Norwegian, rosemaling, and cake decorating. Their second daughter, Emily, was born in September 1979 in Fargo and their family was complete.

The Trons moved to Devils Lake, ND in 1980 and Mary worked at Mercy Hospital. She enjoyed working in her large garden while they lived there, and she began to cross-stitch avidly.

They moved to Hazen, ND in August 1983 and Mary got to enjoy life at home for a few years. Her gardens were as large as her circle of friends. Mary enjoyed regular coffee visits with her friends, and they had groups that exercised and played games together. She taught Sunday School and was a Girl Scout troop leader. The family enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, and traveling. It was during her time in Hazen that she began to quilt, a hobby she enjoyed until the end. Her quilts will be on display during her funeral service.

The Trons took trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier National Parks, but their biggest adventure was the Tron Family Rock Tour in 1990 when they drove to the Grand Canyon and back stopping at nearly every National Park along the way. Mostly looking at rocks. On that trip Mary taught her girls how to eat an ice cream cone, held onto the waistbands of their pants so they wouldn’t fall into the Grand Canyon, and later refused to look out the window when Phil drove over a suspension bridge. They all relished the patch of green grass they encountered in Vernal, UT and stayed an extra night to enjoy it.

Mary enjoyed working in her garden and her flower beds and even laid the foundation for her pergola in the backyard. She won the Yard of the Week award from the Hazen Garden Club.

Mary worked at the Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen for more than 20 years, winning employee of the year in 2005. While working there she got to know the members of the community and made some lifelong friends. She retired from nursing in 2011.

Mary and Phil moved to Moorhead, MN in the fall of 2013 to be closer to their family. During their retirement they took their dream trip to Alaska-twice, and drove around Lake Superior to look at light houses. They also enjoyed lakeside camping and looking at the fall foliage in Minnesota. Their most recent trip was to New Orleans with her cousin, Monica, and her husband. Mary also enjoyed traveling with her daughters to New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington DC, and Minneapolis.

Her house in Moorhead doesn’t have a vegetable garden but does have some of the most amazing flowerbeds in town. The reception hall at Boulger will feature vases with flowers that she planted and nurtured. The pergola in the backyard was completed just prior to her death.

Mary and Phil celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May, 28, 2021 with a party for family and friends.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Mike, and many beloved dogs and cats.

She is survived and will be deeply missed by her husband Philip, her daughter Sarah (both of Moorhead); her daughter, Emily, of Fargo; her brothers Chuck (Betty Jo) Erickson of Devils Lake and David Erickson of Fargo; and her sisters Paula (Brian) Olmstead and Nancy (Jerry) Mykelseth of Moorhead; as well as her nieces Stacy, Leah, Hannah, Paige, and Olivia and her nephews Brian, Kevin, Zach, and John. She is also missed by her dog, Rosie, and kitty, Violet.


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20 responses to “Mary Tron”

  1. Charles Schindler says:

    Condolences to the Family and Friends!
    Knew Mary when she helped at Country Greenery!

  2. Johneen Vancleef says:

    Mary was always the best friend and lady to work with at the Flower Shop. We enjoyed many holidays together making beautiful arrangements. Mary was the best. My memories of my dear friend will be in my heart forever. I’m so grateful we crossed paths. Love and hugs to Mary’s family. I know that family was #1 with Mary. Blessed be the memory of one of the best ladies I have ever known.

  3. Nancy Mykleseth says:

    Mary was the quiet, gentle constant in all of our lives. She brought love, caring and beauty where ever she was; beautiful quilts, flowers and a warm welcoming home. As her little sister I have benefited from her love all of my life. She sewed much of our clothes when we were little, many fond memories of going to Penney’s or Tischharts to shop for fabric, then hanging around while she sewed.

    She loved sweets, pie, cake… crunch and munch. I once saw a quote from Julia Child that made me think of Mary ‘ a party without cake is just a meeting’.

    She will be greatly missed.

  4. Jennifer Heisler says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing! I always have enjoyed my visits with her every 5 weeks! I will definitely miss our many conversations about Gardening, dishes, christmas villages, her travels, and her family!

  5. Lonnie and Lori Wertz says:


    Lonnie and I are sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. While we did not get to know her very well, you and your daughters will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Emily Tron says:

    My mother was a lot of things besides my mother. She was somebody different to everybody. An vet, an RN, a friend, a sister, a wife, and strong support to all who knew her.
    Words cannot express how much I will and do miss her already. Little things in life pop up and I think, “I’ve gotta tell Mom!,” but am quickly reminded of her death. But it isn’t lost on me that I got and had the chance to say goodbye to her in her final weeks. Not all get to do that. But it doesn’t make these days without her any less hard it turns out.
    You kept telling us to continue on with our lives. I will try, but I’ll do it with your influence in my life – always trying to make myself better, being more kind and understanding, and trying to do it with grace like you did.
    Miss and love you, Mom.

  7. Alycia Plattner says:

    Sincere condolences for your loss.

  8. Don says:

    So very sorry

  9. Ron and Sharron Crowley says:

    We are sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a special lady and friend and we enjoyed all our times together. May God comfort you and give you his peace and love and healing and strength as you go through this painful time. MayGod hold you in the palm of his hand.

  10. Erica Kranz says:

    Sarah and Emily,

    I was so sorry to hear that your mom had passed away. I can tell by her obituary that she was a beautiful person and was loved by many. You and your family are in our prayers. Erica, Nick, and Clara.

  11. DONNA ALTON says:

    so sorry for your loss, I worked with Mary for many years at sakakawea medical center. I enjoyed working with her. she was very special.

  12. Vickie Messner says:

    Mary and I met in Hazen and from the first minute together we just knew it was a friendship of a lifetime. We spent many wonderful days together and made memories to last a lifetime which I will treasure forever. My gentle , beautiful friend will be missed beyond measure. Sending thoughts and prayers to Phil,Sarah, and Emily and all of the family. God Bless.

  13. Amy LaVallie says:

    I was so sorry to read that Mary died – I worked with her for a short time at Sakakawea Medical Center prior to her retirement and so enjoyed her. She was an amazing nurse. Condolences to her family.

  14. Nora Sannes says:

    I remember Mary as a young girl and the best baby sitter. My sincere sympathy is with the family.

  15. James P Bittner says:

    We are sorry for your loss, our hearts go out to you. Phil, Sarah and Emily.
    Jim and Frankie Bittner

  16. Gloria Gleave says:

    Mary was my best friend. I know how she became the matriarch of her extended family. The world is a sadder place now.

  17. Shannon Swanson says:

    Sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. I worked with her at country greenery. She was always a joy to work with.

  18. Jan Horner says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your partner. Reading her obituary warmed my heart – what a fabulous woman and what an incredible life! Thank you for being an excellent teacher with a fun spirit – 1970’s Calvin ND.

  19. Judy Butler says:

    I was Mary’s first roommate at Moorhead. She was a good friend. I just got back from a long vacation in northern Minnesota with no internet. Thank you for sharing part of her life story. We parted ways in 69 when I got married. My husband remembers when Mary and Phil visited us at FT Knox, KY. God be with you and her family.

  20. Tim & Kris Kallenbach says:

    So sorry for your loss. In memory of Mary and of Clara and Philip Sr. a memorial has been given to the North Viking Lutheran Cemetery

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