Mary was born on December 29, 1918, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Gertrude May (Poggenpohl) Boarts. She grew up and attended school in Iowa City Public Schools. She lived in California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to the Russell County area in 1944. She was united in marriage to Rudolph A. “Rudy” Herman on April 17, 1942 in Las Vegas. From this union Mary and Rudy were blessed with two sons Rudolph James and Gary Lee Herman.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed being a wife and mother and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, fishing and bingo. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, B.P.O. Elks and American Legion Auxiliary.
Surviving family include her son Gary L. Herman of Topeka, Kansas, 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and 2 step-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rudy, son Rudolph James Herman, 4 brothers Leo”Bud”, Clarence, Joseph “Dody”, and Frank “Babe” Boarts; 3 sisters Ruth Slade, Edna Hess and Loretta Boarts.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date and cremation has been selected by the family. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the arrangements.