Mavis Irene (Larson) Willey
Mavis Willey, 80, of Granger, WA passed away Dec. 23, 2013 in Renton, WA. A memorial service was held in Toppenish, WA on Jan. 10, 2014. A Second memorial service will be held on June 10, 2014, 11 AM at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kathryn, ND with Pastor Brad Edin officiating.
Mavis Irene (Larson) Willey was born April 7, 1933 in Fingal, ND to Lewis & Mable (Bjerke) Larson. She was Baptized in Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Fingal and Confirmed in St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kathryn, ND. Mavis grew up in the Fingal, Valley City & Kathryn areas and attended various country schools.
On Nov. 14, 1954, she married Lloyd Willey in Kathryn. They lived in Jamestown where Mavis was employed by the State Hospital. In 1965, they moved to Washington State & resided in the Zillah/Granger area. Mavis worked at the Yakima Bait Co. in Granger for several years. She also did various cleaning jobs in the area.
Mavis was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, WA where she was involved in the Altar Guild, a very productive member of the Quilting group and she served as Treasurer of the Faith Lutheran Women of the ELCA for many years. Being active in her communities, she was a member of the Zillah Garden Club, Zillah Senior Citizens, the Granger Historical Society, and she was a member of the Sons of Norway for over 20 years.
She will be remembered for all of her various craft items, her gardens, her flowers, her cooking, canning and baking abilities. Also her Love & caring for her family and her friends and her willingness to pitch in where help was needed.
Left behind to Cherish her memory are; her husband of 59 years, Lloyd of Granger, WA, four sons, Curtis Willey of Granger, WA, Leon (Heidi) Willey of Renton, WA, Jon Willey of Puyallup, WA and Wendall (Lisa) Willey of Selah, WA. Three daughters, Barbara (Don) Burns & Connie (Steve) Ripley, both of Granger, WA and LuAnn (Stephan) Miland of Renton, WA. Numerous Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren. Three Brothers, Jerry (Deanne) Larson of Fargo, Daniel (Ruth) Larson & Duane (Diana) Larson both of Valley City. Two Sisters, Phyllis (Lloyd) Bruhn of Zillah, WA and Linda (Larry) Olson of Langdon, ND. She is also survived by loving in-laws, Nieces, Nephews and a host of long-time friends.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Grandparents, numerous Aunts/Uncles, her Sister in- Law Ruth (Svestad) Larson and her nephew Adam Olson and recently joined in death by her Brother, LeRoy Larson.