Mary Margaret Martinson died at home on Feb. 25, 2021, with her husband, Brian, and other family present, after fighting cancer for 19 months. She was 69 years old.
Mary was born in Springfield, Missouri on Sept. 22, 1951. She moved with her family to Minneapolis when she was young. Mary and her late husband, Gordon, built their house in Bradford Township in 1976. Mary has lived in that home until her death. She worked at both the Creamery in Isanti and Plaza Cleaners in Maple Grove before her illness.
Mary was a go-getter and lived by her mantra, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” She was known for her love of crafts. She generously spent time making delightful gifts for her family and many friends. During her chemo treatments she made hats for premature babies and lap blankets for residents at the local memory care unit. Mary was known for helping anyone in need and was devoted to her grandchildren and great grandchild, Riley.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordon Andersen and her daughter, Patty Gallant.
Mary is survived by her husband of 20 years, Brian; son, Gordon (GJ) Andersen (fiancé, Danielle); grandchildren, Tyler, Nicole, Travis, Cassie; great grandchild, Riley; sisters, Carol Olson (Kim) and Paulette Ballister; and brothers, Herbie Armstrong (Kim) and Paul Armstrong; nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.
A private family service will be held at a later date.