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Mavis June Diedrich - Sundance, Wyo.: Sept. 24, 1923 March 1, 2013

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

Mavis June Diedrich, 89, died, Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Crook County Long Term Care Facility in Sundance, Wyo., after a short illness.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookings. Burial is in the Elkton City Cemetery. Visitation is one hour preceding the services at the church on Wednesday.

Eidsness Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mavis June Diedrich was born Sept. 24, 1923, to Roy and Elsie (Jensen) Brown on a farm north of Elkton. In January 1943, she married Paul Furhmann. They had a daughter, Ardelle.

On June 26, 1948, she married Evan Diedrich and they had a daughter, Marlene.

Mavis farmed alongside her husband on a farm north of Elkton until their retirement in 1979 when they moved into Elkton. Mavis lived in Brookings 30 years until she moved to Sundance, Wyo., in 2011.

Mavis was a woman who was proud of many things in her life, she could work the farm, write poetry, and make beautiful quilts. In 1998, she won recognition for outstanding achievement in poetry. She made her first quilt at the age of 10 and made over 100 of them for her family by her 80th birthday.

She is survived by her daughters, Ardelle (Clifford) Leins of Sundance, Wyo., and Marlene Stout of Newton, Iowa; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Verlo Brown and Barbara Ann Wilking of Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Evan; brothers LeRoy and Melvin Brown and three siblings in infancy.

She is lovingly remembered as a good daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.

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