Mavis Roberts, 81, Ellendale

Published 10:55 am Thursday, February 20, 2014

Memorial services for Mavis L. Roberts, of rural Ellendale, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. The Rev. Richard Spande will officiate.

Interment will be in Clarks Grove Cemetery  at a later date. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.

Mavis died at her home in rural Ellendale on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. She was 81.

Mavis Roberts

Mavis Roberts

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She was born on April 24, 1932, in Albert Lea, the only child of Julius and Lillian (Hanson) Nelson.

She attended school in Albert Lea. On July 30, 1949, she was united in marriage to Richard V. Roberts at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Clarks Grove.

For most of their years, Mavis and Richard lived, farmed and raised their family west of Geneva.

She had worked at Munsingwear, Geneva Sales Barn, Birdseye and Miami Margarine, but she took the most pride in making her house a home and taking care of her family.

Mavis had an “open door” policy, always welcoming people into her home and making sure they were well fed. Goulash and homemade salsa were among her specialties.

Mavis is survived by her children Julie Roberts-Piper of Minneapolis, Marcia DeVriendt of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bruce Roberts of rural Ellendale, Trudy Roberts of Rochester, Michael Roberts of rural Ellendale and Kimberly Roberts of Menomonie, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Marissa  (Phil) Bonk of West St. Paul, Morgan Piper of Minneapolis, Ashley DeVriendt of Denver, Shannon Roberts of Lansing, Iowa, Clint Roberts of Superior, Wis., Trevor Roberts of Hudson, Wis., Travis Roberts of Hartland, Stacia Roberts of Albert Lea, Alexandra Sletten and Ryan Sletten of Menomonie; nine great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Rosella Simon of Albert Lea, Mary (Don) Blake of Albert Lea, Don Roberts and Laverne and Carol Roberts both of Albert Lea and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Richard, in 1996.

Mavis will be lovingly remembered for her humor and warm and  generous heart.