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Mary Ann (Matousek) Prochazka, 99, Hemingford

Mary Ann (Matousek) Prochazka, 99, a longtime Hemingford resident, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013 at Highland Park Care Center.

She was born September 14, 1914 to Frank and Frances Matousek and grew up on their homestead 20 miles west of Hemingford near the Sioux County border. Following grade school in rural Box Butte County, Mary Ann attended high school in Hemingford for a time as the Great Depression began in the early 1930's.

Mary Ann met her husband Leslie and was married in Hemingford in 1936. They then moved to the ranch of Leslie's father Josef, northeast of Hemingford where they prospered for 48 years farming and ranching. Leslie and Mary Ann were the parents of two daughters, with Barbara being born in 1937, followed by Louise in 1942. After years of farm life, they retired to live in Hemingford after leasing the ranch in 1984.

She was a proud lifelong member of the ZCBJ organization along with many others of the area of Czechoslovakian decent. The pioneering group was well known locally for the operation of the "hall" west of Hemingford, serving as a place for dancing and entertainment for the community for three generations. Mary Ann was known for her cooking and baking skills, especially her secret recipe for "kolache's", a traditional Czech pastry. She loved flower and vegetable gardening, candy making, quilting, crafts, collecting writing pens, and scrapbooking. Mary Ann thoroughly enjoyed making sure no visitor left her presence hungry nor without a sample of her latest craft or hobby. She and Leslie could frequently be seen collecting the materials for the next craft project at local auction sales.

Mary Ann is survived by three grandchildren, Jennifer Herbaugh of Littleton CO, Duane Foley (Deb Kaiser) of Littleton, CO, and Bruce Foley (Teresa O'Connor) of Livingston, MT., and three great-grandchildren: Luke Evans of Westminster, CO, Krystal Evans of Ft. Collins, CO, and Creed Foley Livingston, MT. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband Leslie, and two daughters and sons-in-laws, Barbara and Dan Foley and Louise and Emerald Herbaugh.

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hemingford with Father Lou Nollette officiating. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Wake services will be Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home in Hemingford.

Memorials may be given to the Hemingford Volunteer Firefighters Association.

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