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After a century of a life well-lived, Mary Lou White, formerly of Lake Crystal, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2017, in Roseville, Minnesota.
Mary Lou told her children she was born in a sod hut on a farm outside of Oakley, Kansas on October 12, 1916. She was the fifth of nine children. The family lived in Kansas until Mary Lou was 9 years old. They then traveled in a covered wagon to Neosho, Missouri, where they lived on a farm and struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. After high school, she worked her way through college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She received a degree in business in 1939 and taught bookkeeping, typing, and shorthand.
Mary Lou married the love of her life, Wilbur W. "Doc" White on April 12, 1941. Their son, Tom, was born before Doc was shipped to China and Burma during WW II. Following the war, they moved to Lake Crystal where Doc practiced veterinary medicine. Mary Lou served as his secretary, receptionist, and bookkeeper. Their daughters, Becky and Marci, were born in Minnesota.
Mary Lou had many interests. Her main love, though, was her family. She enjoyed her children and their spouses and doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She played the piano, knit, and sewed clothing for the family, hunted and fished with Doc and loved to play cards, especially bridge. She was active in the United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and teaching Sunday School. She was also active in politics, at one point serving as Blue Earth County DFL Chairwoman. She was an avid reader and loved doing crossword puzzles.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by Doc, who died suddenly in 1986; her son, Tom, and his wife Penny (Moore); her parents, James and Hazel White; and 7 siblings, Rachel Tippit, Evelyn Cunningham, Gretchen Brown, Charles "Bud" White, Doii Green, Vivian Koby, and James White, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Becky (Joseph) Washinowski and Marci (Steve) Martinson; Tom's children, Trent White and Alyssa (Scott) Bruck; Becky's children, Jennifer (Jareme) Hefner and Renee (Ken) Rafter; and Marci's children, Lars Martinson and Lisa Severson. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, Ben, Calysa, and David Hefner; Kaelie Rafter; Mina and Lilian Severson; and Riley and Lainey Lou Bruck. She is also survived by her sister, Bobbie Butler, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published on June 25, 2017
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