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Mary Doremus

    Mary Kathleen (Burns) Doremus was born on October 23, 1957 in York, NE and entered her heavenly home on January 3, 2024 in Benedict, NE, at the age of 66. Mary was born to John and Leona (Becker) Burns.

    Mary graduated from York High School in 1976. Upon graduation she attended the Grand Island School of Business.

    On February 18, 1978 Mary married David Doremus in York. They resided in rural Benedict where Mary helped David farm, raise cattle and hogs, and raised their family. Mary was a hard worker, a mighty prayer warrior, and spent her life serving and loving everyone she met. She was known for that famous smile, bright eyes, and incredible gift of hospitality, ready to serve you a cup of coffee, a hot meal, or a word of wisdom. When her children were in high school, she opened The True Vine, a Christian bookstore in York, Nebraska where she ministered and prayed for both those she knew and those she was meeting for the first time, but loved all the same. She celebrated with her beloved customers in joyful moments and mourned with those who grieved. She truly lived out her calling through the years of owning the True Vine.

    Mary’s greatest accomplishment was instilling the love of Christ within the walls of her home. Jesus was the cornerstone of Mary’s life and she reflected the character of Christ through her service to her family, her church, and her community.

    Mary was a member of the Benedict Community Church where she loved and served with her beloved church family. She was also an active member of the Nebraska Walk to Emmaus community.

    Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Edwin and Ethel Doremus, brother-in-law Ross Hirschfeld, and nephews Eddie Hild, Timothy and Thomas Burns.

    Survivors include her husband David; daughter Christine (Tom) Jarosz of Stromsburg, NE, son Nathan (Amy) Doremus of Benedict, NE, grandchildren Dane, Nealey, and Collins Jarosz, Eli, Finley, and Beckett Doremus; brothers Kevin and Dan (Dawn) Burns; sisters-in-law Cinda Hild and Pat Hirschfeld; brother-in-law Bob (Terri) Doremus, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the Holthus Convention Center in York, with the Reverend Wayne Nester officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Benedict, NE. Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m., Wednesday with the family greeting friends from 6-7:30 p.m., all at Metz Mortuary in York. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be directed to Benedict Community Church or to the family for later designation. Mary’s service will be livestreamed on Metz Mortuary’s YouTube Channel:

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