Mary Irene Willems was born July 25, 1944 in Mitchell to Bruce and Mary (Fusselman) Johnson. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1962. On February 19, 1966 she married James Willems. Mary was employed as a secretary in the Emergency Management Office for Davison County until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Jim, two daughters: Teresa Zirpel of Mitchell and Tammy (Dan) Swanson of Moorhead, MN; four grandchildren: Kendra and Nate Zirpel and Josh and Megan Swanson and one brother, Jerry Johnson of Marysville, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents.