Mavis ‘Mae’ Wilds, 79, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 9, 2002

The funeral service for Mavis A. &uot;Mae&uot; Wilds of 905 Maplehill Drive, Albert Lea, was held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt officiated. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, and one hour before the service at the church.

Mae died at her home on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, one day after her 79th birthday.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1923, in Scarville, Iowa the daughter of Emil and Alma (Laugen) Bye. She graduated as valedictorian from Scarville High School. Following graduation, her fianc Horace G. &uot;Buzzy&uot; Wilds, was in the service so Mae went to New York and they were united in marriage on July 1, 1943. Following their marriage they lived in Chelsea, Mass, where Mavis worked as a waitress and daughter Paulette was born.

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They returned to Minnesota to live in Ellendale where they operated Buzz and Maes Cafe for four years. In 1955 they made their home in Albert Lea, where daughter Pamela was born. Mavis had been a waitress at the Stables for many years. She had also been bookkeeper for the Credit Union and then the Eagle’s Club until she retired in 2000. She enjoyed participating in the Eagles Auxiliary Drill and Ritual Team. She was active in the Eagle”s Auxiliary where she enjoyed helping with the Cancer Telethon, Bingo, and helping in the kitchen. She was also a member of the First Lutheran Church, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of Norway and Bunco Club.

Mavis is survived by two daughters: Paulette LeBarron and her husband Dennis of Austin, and Pamela Rhiger and her husband Allen of Mapleton, Minn.; grandchildren: Debra Brehmer and her husband Steven of Austin, Brenda Hinrichs and her husband Marlyn of Goodhue, Minn., John Dulitz of Austin, and Steven Rhiger and his fiance Tiffany Day of St. Peter, Minn.; great-grandchildren: Drake and Stephany Brehmer of Austin, Blake and Breanna Hinrichs of Goodhue, Minn. and Ethan Dulitz of Austin; step-grandchildren: Jeff LeBarron and his wife Marlene of Austin, and Charles LeBarron and his wife Tarsha of Austin, step-great-grandchildren: Alix, Shelby and Samantha LeBarron of Austin; two brothers Orrin Bye of Albert Lea, and Clifford Bye and his wife Charlotte of Mankato; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ellsworth &uot;Bud&uot; Runden and his family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1989; and two sisters, Orpha Storby and Lila Hauser.

Mavis was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed showing her love by being a great listener, and sharing her cooking and baking talents with many. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.