Mary McNutt Kemp, 94, of Tryon, Nebraska departed this life on September 25, 2021, at the Quality Nursing Home in Broken Bow, Nebraska. The youngest of four children, Mary was born to Lucius and Florence (Black) Tupper on December 27, 1926 in Ringgold, Nebraska.
Mary graduated from McPherson County High School and received her teacher’s certification. She married Leorice “Bub” McNutt, June 14, 1946. To this union four children were born, Shara, Patty, Mart and Duane. Her ranch life was busy in the hayfields, raising livestock, gardening, canning and she was best known for baking bread and pies. Mary loved living in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Bub passed away in January 1972. Mary continued caring for the ranch with the help of her two sons, Mart and Duane. In December 1980, she married Emerson “Tom” Kemp, Sr. They enjoyed playing cards and bowling. Tom passed away in November 2004.
Along with Mary’s parents, Lucius and Florence; her two husbands, Bub and Tom; she was preceded in death by her sisters; Hazel Paxton, LaVada Rodewald; brother, Lyle Tupper.
Mary’s caring heart will be missed by daughter’s, Shara (Tom) Smyth, and Patty Kemp; sons, Mart (Cindy)McNutt and Duane (Sami) McNutt; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary’s love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was unmeasurable and they all will miss their “Grammy Nutt”. Family survivors include sister’s-in-law, Wilda Schmidt (Delbert dec’d), Twyla (Wally) Dancer and Delma Knapp. Her family would like to thank Sandra Black for taking extraordinary care of Mary in her home.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Ringgold Free Methodist, Ringgold, Nebraska with Pastor John Parsons officiating. Burial will follow at Loup Valley Cemetery, Stapleton, Nebraska. Visitation will be noon – 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 1 at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Tryon Fire and Ambulance in Mary’s name. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 71, Tryon, Nebraska, 69167.