Mary Frances Cakebread, 84 of South Sioux City, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Bickford Cottage in Sioux City, Iowa.
A Funeral service will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 23rd at St Michael’s Catholic Church South Sioux City, NE. (located at 1315 1st Ave South Sioux City, Nebraska 68776) with the Fr. Michael Keating officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, So. Sioux City, NE. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 22 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A parish vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Christy Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel (located at 1801 Morningside Ave. in Sioux City, IA 51106).
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Mary was born February 18, 1939, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, to Francis and Helen (Nelson) Persinger. She grew up and attended South Sioux City Schools and graduated from South Sioux City High School. Mary married Walter Cakebread on Nov. 18, 1961, in Garden Grove, CA. The couple moved back to South Sioux City briefly after Walter was discharged from the Navy. Walter’s career took the couple to Alaska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, and California before returning to South Sioux City in 2005.
Mary's hobbies included sewing, gardening, crafts, dancing, and bird watching.
She was a member of St Michael’s Catholic Church South Sioux City, NE., a member of Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her husband Walter of South Sioux City, son, Ron (Julie) Cakebread of Shelly, MN, daughters, Dena Hill of Oak Ridge, TN, and Laura (Brian) Dougherty of Sioux City, IA, brothers, Richard Persinger of Omaha, NE and Gene (Patty) Persinger, sister, Nancy (Orville) Cakebread of South Sioux City, NE., 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Robert Persinger, James Persinger, Don Persinger and Michael Persinger, two sisters, Darline Saunders and Linda Boyle and a grandson Charles Hill.