Mary Ellen Bye

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Mary Ellen Bye

November 06, 1933 - March 22, 2018

Mary Ellen Bye, age 84, of Mankato, MN died March 22, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living. Memorial services will be held from 1-4pm Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN. Mary was born November 6, 1933 to Hilko and Grace (Spencer) Veld in Slayton, MN. She graduated from Chandler High School as Valedictorian of her class. Mary then moved to Sioux Falls, SD. She attended Augustana College and receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mary taught three years at Hawthorne Public School, after which she moved to Mankato, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Mankato State College. She practiced nursing for over 30 years at the University of California, San Francisco, Littlefork Municipal Hospital, Littlefork, MN; Municipal Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa and Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. She married Arnold C. Bye on October 1, 1966 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chandler. Arnold was Hospital Administrator and worked, as Mary did, at hospitals in Littlefork and Rock Rapids. They later moved to Bemidji where Arnold worked for the State of Minnesota and Mary was homemaker. When Arnold died, Mary returned to Mankato and taught Nursing classes at the Vocational Technical School until 1994. Mary also received her Master of Science degree in 1989 from Mankato State University.
Mary enjoyed reading books, needle work, raising herbs and cooking for family and friends. Mary is survived by her sister, Marlene (Philip) Blum of Garretson, SD; nephew, Bradley Blum of Princeton, Idaho; niece, Lisa (Mike) Trewin of Garretson, SD; Joe Rudberg and family; Tom Rudberg and family; and Jon Rudberg and family.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harlen; husband, Arnold; and good friend and companion, Harry Rudberg.
Published on May 5, 2018
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