Visitation: Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Canton United Methodist Church.
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Mary Ann Rager, age 94, died Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Dow-Rummel Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Canton United Methodist Church. Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the Canton United Methodist Church.
Mary Ann Damm was born on July 15, 1928 to Karl and Johanna (Jensen) Damm in Centerville, SD. After an early childhood in Centerville, her family moved to Yankton, SD where she graduated from Yankton High School in 1946. After graduating, she went on to obtain her teaching certificate from Springfield College and taught country school for three years.
She was united in marriage to Wayne Rager on July 31, 1949 in Yankton, SD and served as a pastor’s wife in many churches in South Dakota. David Merritt, Daniel Todd, and Thomas Brooks were born to this union.
Mary Ann’s passions were art and poetry, thrilling family and friends with her creative writing abilities and pencil portraits. She also loved cooking, baking, music, cleaning, and drinking black coffee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Wayne Rager on June 7, 2013; son, David on December 28, 2012; and sisters, Ann Knutson and Joyce Suga.
Mary Ann is survived by two sons, Daniel (Linda) Rager of Sioux Falls and Tom (Deb Simunek) of Luverne, MN; 5 grandchildren, Amy Shipman, Ryan Rager, Karly Rager, April (Brad) Cowell, and Adam (Holli) Rager; 7 great-grandchildren, along with numerous extended relatives and friends.