Mary Ruth Hemminger was born May 24, 1930 in Willow Springs, MO to John and Fern (Ziegler) Essink. In 1936 she moved with her family to Artesian, SD. She graduated from Artesian High School in 1948 and then attended Madison College where she received a teaching degree. On June 9, 1951 she married Cecil Hemminger at the Methodist Church in Pipestone, MN. They resided in Canada for five years and then in 1958 they purchased a farm west of Letcher. She taught rural schools in Sanborn and Davison Counties. In 1965 they moved to the Sheldon Hemminger Farm south of Letcher. In 2005 she made her home at the Prairie View Care Center.
Grateful having shared her life are her daughter, Sheilla (Jerry) Bereza, Solsgirth Manitoba, Canada; two sons: Sheldon Hemminger, Letcher; William (Martha) Hemminger, LeGrange, KY; seven grandchildren: Sheldon Lewis (Amber) Hemminger, Sherri (Jeff “Gov”) Hanson, Shayne Hemminger, Blake Hemminger, Jason (Jenifer) Bereza, Jeremy Bereza and Bart Hemminger, six great-grandchildren: Cooper Sheldon Hemminger, Ashlee and Dean Hanson, Liam, Landyn, and Lanaya Bereza, one sister, Joann (Ellis) Ross, Watford City, ND and one brother, John (Penny) Essink, Lead, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, sister, Opal Sprauge and husband Stanley and her parents.