Mary F. (Lee) Novotny

September 30, 2018

Mary Novotny

Gresham, Ore., formerly Sioux City

Mary Frances (Lee) Novotny, 72, of Gresham, formerly of Sioux City, passed away on Sept. 11, 2018, in Gresham, after a 45-year battle with Parkinson’s.

Services were held on Sept. 18 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson, Wash. Burial will be at a future date in South Dakota.

Mary was born on Oct. 5, 1945, in Sioux City, to Francis and Edna (Clifford) Lee. Mary attended Hunt Elementary and North Junior High, and graduated from Sioux City Central High School in 1963.

She met her husband of 53 years, Jerry Novotny, while attending the University of South Dakota from 1963 to 1965, when they married. Mary was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority while at the university. She later graduated from Yankton College in 1968.

She taught kindergarten at Webster School in Yankton, S.D., for 10 years, then at Kinder Kollege in Bowling Green, Ky. for five years. In 1983, Mary and family moved to Stevenson, Wash., where they lived until 1989. They then moved to Gresham, where they lived from 1989 to 2018. She fought Parkinson’s and its various stages since her diagnosis at age 27.

Mary is survived by husband, Jerry; son, Cary; grandchildren, Neve Novotny, Tess Novotny and Makenna Carrol; sister, Patty Barker; and nephew, Caley Barker of Sioux City.

Memorials in Mary’s name may be directed to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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