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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 8-10-09

Mary Fay Von Forell, 52, of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away August 3, 2009, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland. She courageously battled bladder cancer for over a year, even before she was diagnosed.

Mary was born January 8, 1957, in Billings, Mont., the daughter of Leo and Donna (Dowlin) McDonnell. She was reared and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings High School in 1975, and continued on to be a phenomenal gymnast and team roper on the national level at Oklahoma State University and Montana State, which she gained her degree from.

After college Mary went on to work for Iowa Beef Improvement Association. She then returned to Montana to help her father and brother continue to build and develop Midland Bull Test. Midland is now the most renowned performance test facility in the world.

Twenty-one years ago Mary moved to Wyoming to marry Hardy Von Forell. They raised three children, Kristine, Ben, and Amanda. Mary’s enjoyment of breeding and showing cattle led her to inspire the same in her children and they had numerous champions throughout the country. This family activity made her family very close and allowed her to develop wonderful friendships throughout the country.

Mary always encouraged greatness. Not only did she believe the people around her could succeed, she knew it and demanded it. First and foremost she was a mother and this quality she passed on to her children and family. She was the kind of leader that did not lead only by direction, but encouragement and example. The example she set was one that allowed her to be idolized. Everything that she did was purposeful and if there is a fault in what she did it was that she was too selfless at times. Her acute eye for detail allowed her to enhance everything around her, from building one of the best cow herds in America to encouraging creativity and sensitivity. However, with everything that she achieved everyone that really knew her will remember her for her passion and her compassion. Her love had no boundaries and no prejudice. Those closest to her felt the core of her love and excelled because of it. It is our hope that she is remembered as the compassionate, competitive, loving woman that we all knew.

She is survived by her husband, Hardy of Wheatland, Wyo.; children, Kristine (Levi) Maltby of Great Falls, Mont., Benjamin of Annapolis, Md., and Amanda of El Dorado, Kan.; mother, Donna McDonnell of Missoula, Mont.; siblings, Leo (Debbie) McDonnell of Columbus, Mont., Jeanette (Scott) Manley of Missoula, Mont., Patty (Tim) Brus of Cody, Wyo., Kevin (Beth) McDonnell of Townsend, Mont., and Mike McDonnell of Missoula; nieces and nephews, Darcy, Steve, Kelsey, Buffy, Erin, Andrew, Augusta, Kathryn, Grace, Christian, and Zane. As well as numerous other family members – aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews.

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She was preceded in death by her father.

Services were held August 6, 2009, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo. Memorials may be sent to a charity Mary organized titled “Wheel Get You There” in care of Platte Valley Bank, P.O. Box 337, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201.

Mary Fay Von Forell, 52, of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away August 3, 2009, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland. She courageously battled bladder cancer for over a year, even before she was diagnosed.

Mary was born January 8, 1957, in Billings, Mont., the daughter of Leo and Donna (Dowlin) McDonnell. She was reared and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings High School in 1975, and continued on to be a phenomenal gymnast and team roper on the national level at Oklahoma State University and Montana State, which she gained her degree from.

After college Mary went on to work for Iowa Beef Improvement Association. She then returned to Montana to help her father and brother continue to build and develop Midland Bull Test. Midland is now the most renowned performance test facility in the world.

Twenty-one years ago Mary moved to Wyoming to marry Hardy Von Forell. They raised three children, Kristine, Ben, and Amanda. Mary’s enjoyment of breeding and showing cattle led her to inspire the same in her children and they had numerous champions throughout the country. This family activity made her family very close and allowed her to develop wonderful friendships throughout the country.

Mary always encouraged greatness. Not only did she believe the people around her could succeed, she knew it and demanded it. First and foremost she was a mother and this quality she passed on to her children and family. She was the kind of leader that did not lead only by direction, but encouragement and example. The example she set was one that allowed her to be idolized. Everything that she did was purposeful and if there is a fault in what she did it was that she was too selfless at times. Her acute eye for detail allowed her to enhance everything around her, from building one of the best cow herds in America to encouraging creativity and sensitivity. However, with everything that she achieved everyone that really knew her will remember her for her passion and her compassion. Her love had no boundaries and no prejudice. Those closest to her felt the core of her love and excelled because of it. It is our hope that she is remembered as the compassionate, competitive, loving woman that we all knew.

She is survived by her husband, Hardy of Wheatland, Wyo.; children, Kristine (Levi) Maltby of Great Falls, Mont., Benjamin of Annapolis, Md., and Amanda of El Dorado, Kan.; mother, Donna McDonnell of Missoula, Mont.; siblings, Leo (Debbie) McDonnell of Columbus, Mont., Jeanette (Scott) Manley of Missoula, Mont., Patty (Tim) Brus of Cody, Wyo., Kevin (Beth) McDonnell of Townsend, Mont., and Mike McDonnell of Missoula; nieces and nephews, Darcy, Steve, Kelsey, Buffy, Erin, Andrew, Augusta, Kathryn, Grace, Christian, and Zane. As well as numerous other family members – aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Services were held August 6, 2009, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo. Memorials may be sent to a charity Mary organized titled “Wheel Get You There” in care of Platte Valley Bank, P.O. Box 337, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201.

Mary Fay Von Forell, 52, of Wheatland, Wyo., passed away August 3, 2009, at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland. She courageously battled bladder cancer for over a year, even before she was diagnosed.

Mary was born January 8, 1957, in Billings, Mont., the daughter of Leo and Donna (Dowlin) McDonnell. She was reared and educated in Billings, graduating from Billings High School in 1975, and continued on to be a phenomenal gymnast and team roper on the national level at Oklahoma State University and Montana State, which she gained her degree from.

After college Mary went on to work for Iowa Beef Improvement Association. She then returned to Montana to help her father and brother continue to build and develop Midland Bull Test. Midland is now the most renowned performance test facility in the world.

Twenty-one years ago Mary moved to Wyoming to marry Hardy Von Forell. They raised three children, Kristine, Ben, and Amanda. Mary’s enjoyment of breeding and showing cattle led her to inspire the same in her children and they had numerous champions throughout the country. This family activity made her family very close and allowed her to develop wonderful friendships throughout the country.

Mary always encouraged greatness. Not only did she believe the people around her could succeed, she knew it and demanded it. First and foremost she was a mother and this quality she passed on to her children and family. She was the kind of leader that did not lead only by direction, but encouragement and example. The example she set was one that allowed her to be idolized. Everything that she did was purposeful and if there is a fault in what she did it was that she was too selfless at times. Her acute eye for detail allowed her to enhance everything around her, from building one of the best cow herds in America to encouraging creativity and sensitivity. However, with everything that she achieved everyone that really knew her will remember her for her passion and her compassion. Her love had no boundaries and no prejudice. Those closest to her felt the core of her love and excelled because of it. It is our hope that she is remembered as the compassionate, competitive, loving woman that we all knew.

She is survived by her husband, Hardy of Wheatland, Wyo.; children, Kristine (Levi) Maltby of Great Falls, Mont., Benjamin of Annapolis, Md., and Amanda of El Dorado, Kan.; mother, Donna McDonnell of Missoula, Mont.; siblings, Leo (Debbie) McDonnell of Columbus, Mont., Jeanette (Scott) Manley of Missoula, Mont., Patty (Tim) Brus of Cody, Wyo., Kevin (Beth) McDonnell of Townsend, Mont., and Mike McDonnell of Missoula; nieces and nephews, Darcy, Steve, Kelsey, Buffy, Erin, Andrew, Augusta, Kathryn, Grace, Christian, and Zane. As well as numerous other family members – aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Services were held August 6, 2009, at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyo. Memorials may be sent to a charity Mary organized titled “Wheel Get You There” in care of Platte Valley Bank, P.O. Box 337, Wheatland, Wyo., 82201.