Mary Ness

Hospitality, good cooking and a love of people runs in the Ness family. In fact, Mary Ness, resident of Hawkeye’s Dubuque Care Center, and her daughter Pam get to see each other more than most mother and daughters. Pam just celebrated her 35th anniversary with Hawkeye and is the manager of housekeeping and laundry at Dubuque. Mary’s Heartland story is made of all the right ingredients: a loving marriage of 63 years, running a restaurant, helping brides find their perfect gown and raising 6 kids. Best known as “Ma” at Ma’s Bakery & Kitchen for several years, Mary’s fondest memories are of meeting all types of people while running the “Lunch Counter.” Today, Mary enjoys others whipping up some good ole home cooking for her and visiting with her 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.