Mary Trimble

Monday, March 16, 2020

Mary Eileen Trimble, born July 8th, 1928 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the youngest of six children born to Ernestine (Fitzgerald) and Walter Hoag. She was raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin, where her family eked out a living during the Great Depression. Her parents rented out a farm, and her dad traveled as a salesman for the Jewell Tea Co. Mary passed peacefully on November 12, 2019. 


Mary’s family moved to Tacoma, Washington during WW II where she became interested in a nursing career, graduating from St. Joseph’s Nursing School. After a year working as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Joseph’s, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Providence Hospital. In 1950 she married Augie Reetz, continuing to work as a nurse until her first child was born in 1955 with another following in 1958.

Mary and Augie worked together to build an office supply business and raise their family which also included four adopted children. Augie died of cancer in 1976 at the young age of 44 leaving Mary with the responsibility of raising several young children. In 1978 Mary married Jim Trimble, a man with a long family connection to Berryville, Arkansas, where they eventually made their home. Mary was widowed again when Jim passed away on August 16, 2004. She continued to make Berryville her home until ill health caused her to move to assisted living in Fayetteville, Arkansas and then to Spring, Texas where she lived with her daughter, Holly, until shortly before her death.

Mary’s philanthropic efforts were many. She donated a house in Anchorage to serve as a home for needy teenage girls, she donated the money to build a Catholic school in Anchorage, and she donated the land for the food bank in Berryville, Arkansas. Upon her death, she left charitable donations to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Voices of the Martyrs, Missionaries of Charity, and Holt International Children’s Services. Her generous spirit has helped many people and was an expression of her Christian faith.

Mary is survived by her six children Albert Reetz, Holly Trimble, Tony Reetz, Joseph Reetz, Nancy Reetz, and Jerry Reetz; ten grandchildren Matthew, David, Jessica, Nathan, Hannah, Mary, James, Ruth Trimble Renee and Audrey Reetz; three great grandchildren Dylan and Ryder Trimble-Crummey and Myla Chang-Trimble.

The family will be holding a memorial service is scheduled at her gravesite 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Berryville Cemetery, all are welcome. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.