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Ann Perry

Ann Lucille Perry, 69, Mandan, passed away Oct. 8, 2018, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck, after a 4-year battle with leukemia. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Rev. Lee Herberg officiating. Visitation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, with a prayer service beginning at 3 p.m., at DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church. Additional visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at West Funeral Chapel, Casselton, with burial at Casselton City Cemetery.

Ann was born April 1, 1949, in Fargo, to Hamilton and Lucille (Roesler) Wills. She was raised and educated in Chaffee, where she graduated from high school in 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree from NDSU, a master’s degree from Montana State University—where she also worked toward her doctorate. Ann taught in Watertown, S.D., served as a school administrator at Lagre Indian School, Ashland, Mont., and Trenton, served as a principal at Mandan Junior High School, and most recently served as an assistant principal at Mandan High School. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, American Association of University Women, P.E.O. and the Bismarck Rotary Club.

On Aug. 8, 2003, she married Joe Perry in Fargo. She enjoyed having the extended family of Joe’s daughters and families, and their nieces and nephews. Her passion was cooking and baking; and she enjoyed hunting, and fishing with Joe. She and Joe spent many hours fishing on the Missouri River near their home, where she reeled in some trophy northerns and a perch. She also loved collecting, especially cookbooks, pottery, crystal, and dishes.

She is survived by her husband, Joe, Mandan; sister, Jane (Rae) Kurth, Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother, Keith Wills, Fargo; nieces and nephews, Nicole Wills, Heather (JB) Brown, Kristin (TJ) Just, Steve Wills, Bradley (Anne) Wills, Jodi (Jake) Shirley, Ryan Wills, Marie Kurth, Andrew Kurth, and Bethany Kurth.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Steven Wills.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2025 E River Parkway, Minneapolis, 55414, or donor’s choice.

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