Mary Stricker, age 95, of Elk River MN, formerly of Braham, MN, passed away April 13, 2019 at Guardian Angels By The Lake in Elk River.
Mary was born October 2, 1923 in Brook Park, MN. In humble, depression era conditions, her childhood years were lived in Maple Ridge, MN with her parents, four brothers and three sisters. She was married at age 17 to her husband Alfred in 1941, and soon thereafter they began to raise their six children. Mary and Alfred purchased their Braham home in 1953, and following Alfred’s passing in 1993, Mary moved to Elk River five years later.
Over the course of Mary’s life, she worked as a hospital nurse’s aide, grocery store manager/cashier, faithfully served for many years as a provider to her church bake sales, and devoted herself to homemaking, tending a large vegetable garden, the care of Alfred’s reoccurring health issues, and nurturing her growing children.
We will always remember Mary’s caring, loving spirit and servants heart towards her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives, in-laws and friends. There was a pure genuineness about her - everyone in Mary’s world knew they were unconditionally accepted and valued by her exactly as they were.
Everybody was always welcomed in her home and she delighted in family gatherings serving those unforgettable feasts from her vegetable garden, her own baked caramel rolls and pies, and producing truly world-class fried chicken. The warmth of her personality and her trademark laughter was part of all this - just two of her endearing character traits that fill the fond memories each of us have of Mary.
For the rest of our lives, we will cherish knowing this dear lady and hold her in our hearts as God’s precious gift to us all.
Mary is survived by sons Robert (Sara), Roy (Nancy), Ronald (Gloria), daughters Ruby (Dennis) Anderson, Rhonda Layer, daughter-in-law Jill Stricker, 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorials
may be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham or Guardian Angels in Elk River.