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Mae R. Amundson, 91

Mae Ruth (Adams) Amundson, of Cokato, MN, died Tuesday evening, March 2, 2021, at Buffalo Hospital – 10 days shy of her 92nd birthday.

Mae was born March 12, 1929, on the family farm in Irving Township, Kandiyohi County.

A child of the Great Depression, she never feared hard work, and at the age of 6 was baking bread and cakes alongside her mother, and washing dishes for the large family and threshing crews.

Mae was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1940, and was a 1947 graduate of Atwater High School.

She married Waldon Amundson of rural Cokato, Oct. 1, 1949, in Harrison Township. The couple settled into marriage on the Amundson family farm near Cokato, and raised three children.

Educated and trained as a licensed practical nurse, Mae worked at hospitals and nursing facilities in Wilmar, Cokato, and Litchfield. She was proud to assist families with the arrival of their newborns, and other medical needs.

Mae enjoyed gardening and canning, baking and embroidery, crafts and quilting, and reading and learning. Her long-held desire to visit the wilds of Alaska was fulfilled in 2010, when she traveled the state with her three grown children.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Waldon; parents, Gustav and Emma (Widmark) Adams of New London; sister, Ellen Hellwinkel (Fred); and five brothers, George Adams (Marion), Paul Adams (Mavis), Kenneth Adams, Phillip Adams (Lorraine), and Edgar Adams (Josie).

Mae is survived by her daughter, Kathy Devine and husband, Tom, of Ferndale, WA; son, Mark Amundson and wife, Julie, of Cokato; and daughter, Eloise Teklu and husband, Ephrem, of Los Angeles, CA.

She was the proud grandmother of Shannon Devine (Michael) and Rachel Devine of Washington state, Melissa Roulet (Josh) of St. Cloud, Nikki Van der Zwaag (Andy) of Milaca, Benjamin Amundson of St. Cloud, Raphael Teklu of Los Angeles, and Jeremiah Teklu of Arcata, CA.

Mae also adored her great-granddaughter, Pepper Curtis Devine; and great-grandsons, Camryn, Talan, Madden, Kaysen, and Nolan Van der Zwaag – and will be fondly remembered by much-cherished nieces and nephews, church members, and friends.

Services took place at 11 a.m. March 10 at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior in the Narthex.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.swansonpeterson.com.

Blessed journey home, Mae.

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