Mary Ann was born Nov. 22, 1922, in Monroe, Neb., to Conrad and Margaret (Hoelscher) Labenz. She was the oldest of seven children. The family grew up in the St. Edward, Neb., area.
She married Roger Lee Greig Dec. 29, 1947. The couple lived and farmed in Nebraska until 1955, when they decided to join Roger’s sister, Ellen, and her husband, Ed Hellbusch, and move to Oregon for work. When they arrived in Burns, Roger worked in the woods for Edward Hines, and Mary Ann worked as a cook for the fire and logging camps.
Soon, she went to work at Harney County Hospital as a housekeeper, and eventually retired as a supervisor.
Mary Ann and Roger didn’t have any children of their own, but they treated their nieces and nephews as if they were their own. They always had them stay overnight, and traveled with them when they were children on trips to see family in Nebraska, Wyoming, Washington and Canada. They took great pride in watching them all grow.
After Roger passed away in 1991, Mary Ann became very active in the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. She enjoyed the daily luncheons, brunches, and volunteered there regularly. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bingo and bunco, and traveling to Bend on the bus with her friends to shop. She was very active with the American Legion, and enjoyed their meetings. She enjoyed flying to Nebraska every few years to visit her brothers and sisters, and to see her nieces and nephews grow there.
Mary Ann and Roger were devout in their Catholic faith. Mary Ann truly enjoyed attending Mass daily, and her fellow parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church meant a great deal to her.
At the young age of 91, Mary Ann wasn’t one to just sit at home and do nothing. She was always active. She was an amazing cook, and enjoyed baking treats for her afternoon card games. She was a wonderful seamstress, and loved to crochet. She loved spending time with her special nephew and niece, Dag and Rachael Robinson, for dinners, barbecues, birthdays and holidays at the family cabin, or just “dragging Main,” as she called it. She remained very active, even when she didn’t feel that great. She didn’t want to miss out on spending time with her family and friends.
Mary Ann is survived by brothers, Gerald and Ralph, of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Florine Iverson, of Clay Center, Neb.; special nephew and niece, Derrin (Dag) and Rachael Robinson, of Hines; among many others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Margaret Labenz; brothers, Mark and Irvin; sister, Alice; and husband, Roger.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church, followed by interment at Burns Cemetery.
Contributions in Mary Ann’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church and/or Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.