Mary Ellen Linville

Mary Ellen Linville

August 4, 1959 – December 28, 2018

Age 59

Visitation Saturday, January 5 from 9:30 – 10:30 am followed by Memorial Service at 10:30 am, both at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 4th St., Dawson, NE.

Memorials to be directed by the family.

Born August 4, 1959 in Auburn, NE, to James and June McGinnis.  A loved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  Track star and high jump champ of Medicine Valley High School in Curtis, NE.  Mary was such a free spirit who paved her own unique path in life.  Mary McGinnnis and Eric Linvillle married on November 16, 1989.  They raised three children together, Angela, Ariel and Andrew.  She also gave birth to Amy before her and Eric’s children were born.  Her being so young, she decided the best for Amy would be giving her up for adoption.  All four of her children are pretty spectacular in their own right.  Also Mary has six siblings.  Scott McGinnis, Cathy Ericksen, Karen McCarty, Allen McGinnis, Paula Wakefield and Lisa McGinnis.  Her grandchildren, which she had such pride in and she cherished, include Greg, Camille, Isabelle and Mitchell.

Mary was most proud of how respectful every one of her children turned out to be.  Anyone who knows Mary knows how much she loved music.  If she heard a good song she wasn’t afraid to start dancing and singing no matter who was around.  It was in her soul!  Music and art were part of her passions.  Also she loved her pets like they were children.  Oh, how she loved her dogs! Being in the great outdoors made her extremely happy.  She was very in touch with mother nature and overall a very free loving spirit.

Mary Linville passed away in the comfort of her own home in Bellevue, NE, on December 28, 2018.  She had a very tough year of health problems with a weak heart and respiratory problems.  She’d been released from the rehabilitation center on Christmas morning.  Perhaps she was ready to fly high with the angels and finally let go when she was with her husband at home, surrounded by her beloved dogs.  We believe she is in a much happier, pain free place now.  God bless you Mary.  We truly love you!


  • Natisha Radley Posted January 2, 2019 5:01 pm

    My sincerest condolences. I was always with Angie as a kid. She was like another mom to me. I live you all very much. Bug hugs

  • John Engbrecht Posted January 2, 2019 5:49 pm

    In Grade School and Jr. High, Mary was always nice to my brothers and I. Her tall skinny frame let her be a great jumper! Sorry for your loss! John

  • Janice Nelsen Posted January 2, 2019 6:07 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Barbara Voegele Posted January 2, 2019 6:18 pm

    Rest in peace Mary . Hugs and prayers to family . So sorry for your loss.

  • Neal Thomas Posted January 2, 2019 6:26 pm

    We had a lot of memories. Good times and bad. You where always kind and loving towards me, and I appreciate you. I so enjoyed seeing you and bug together, I know she was your best bud. I enjoy remembering how much cool trinkets you always had. All my love Mary. Until we meet again. Love Neal.

  • cathy eriksen Posted January 2, 2019 7:06 pm

    In loving memory of my sister Mary Linville. My prayers are with her husband, children, grandchildren and our siblings in this sad time. Rest in peace Mary

  • RobWortman Posted January 2, 2019 7:07 pm

    Sorry to the McGinnis for your loss..

  • Marlene Gakle Posted January 2, 2019 9:24 pm

    So sorry Ariel.I will keep you in my thoughts.

  • Tami & Wade Phillips Posted January 2, 2019 9:55 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathy! Treasuring our fond memories of our classmate Mary. MVHS Class of 1977.

  • Pam Jurgens Posted January 3, 2019 11:32 am

    My prayers are with you all at time. She will be missed.

  • Donna Alderman Bucher Posted January 3, 2019 6:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. My Dad, Art Alderman sends his wishes to you as well

  • Peni Crow Posted January 3, 2019 7:56 pm

    What a loss for the McGinnis family. There wasn’t anything Mary couldn’t do if she wanted to. She will be very missed. McGinnis and Linville families you are in my prayers at this time of grief.

  • Paula Wakefield Posted January 4, 2019 7:11 am

    My sister, my friend. You will truly be missed. I’m am so grateful we became close in our adult years. We all have our struggles but in the end we are family & would always have each other’s backs. I was always impressed with your ability & willingness to help others out. You brought people into your home that had no where else to go. You Fed the homeless on Thanksgiving no matter how uptight or uncomfortable some of us were about it. You truly had some open arms for those in need. I admired your brutal honesty. You would always tell the truth even if it hurt people. I wish I had that same quality. You danced to your own tune and that’s what made you so unique. It didn’t matter what others thought. There were things I didn’t agree with & things we argued about but at the end of the day we are sister’s forever & we lived each other. Till we meet again sis,…CHEERS

  • Donna and Ray Russell Posted January 4, 2019 9:18 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort in your many fond memories.

  • Joe and Linda Shandera Posted January 5, 2019 9:42 pm

    Linda and I send our sincere sympathies to the McGinnis families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Rhonda Cooper Posted January 8, 2019 6:50 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers to All you!! Mary was a very wonderful person who I am blessed to know her a short time and will be dearly missed!

  • Cindy lauby Posted January 18, 2019 6:18 pm

    Sorry for this loss, to all her family’s and yes I remember her as being very strong and free spirite!

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