Marian Maxine Straw was born on April 17th 1931 in Hurley, SD to Eldo and Gladys (Benson) Friman. She graduated from Hurley High School in May of 1949. Marian attended the South Dakota Beauty Academy in Sioux Falls and graduated in March of 1950. She then moved to Mitchell, SD as a beautician. On January 17th, 1954 she married Dwayne Straw and she spent her time raising her seven kids. She divorced in 1967, and then in 1974 returned to work at a nursing home as a beautician and nurse’s aide.
Marian had a passion for collecting dogs and had over 700. She truly enjoyed being with her family, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She even “adopted” her second family, the Phillips. Marian’s hobbies were going to garage sales, playing cards, games, and lunchtime gatherings with her friends at Meadowlawn apartments. She enjoyed baking and was known for her infamous sugar cookies.
She is survived by her children, Clint (Annie) Straw, Highland, TX, Brad (Nancy) Straw, Roseburg, OR, Brenda (Dave) Pederson, Browns Valley, MN, Kelly (Melody) Straw, Letcher, SD, Linda Neugebauer, Mitchell, SD, daughter-in-law, Julie Straw, Wheaton, MN; 15 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and her sisters, Edith (Donald) Moe, Letcher, SD, Doris Cordell, Huron, SD, Audrey (George) Sample, Margarete Adel, Flandreau, SD, Eleanor Bjerkhaas, Yankton, SD, Genette Rusk, Flandreau, SD, Carolyn McMahon, Flandreau, SD, and friend, Vicki Phillips, Mitchell, SD.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Rolland Straw and Spencer Straw, siblings, Gene Friman, Kenneth Friman, Dorothy Hanson, Geraldine Lechner, Vivian Friman, Francis Gossel, Richard Friman, granddaughter, Codi Meier, great grandson, Benjamin Bock, and good friend, Norma “Nene” Phillips.