Mayme Martinson, 100

Mayme Annabell Martinson, age 100, of Cokato, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

She was born May 4, 1918, in Minneapolis, to Harry and Anna (Anderson) Schultz.

Mayme graduated from North High School in the middle of the “Great Depression.” Unable to go to college, she went to work at Strutwear Knitting Mill and helped support the family.

Mayme married Donald Martinson Jan. 24, 1942. While he was off to war, she continued to work in Minneapolis. When Donald returned from his Navy service, they moved to Cokato, where Donald owned and operated the Cokato Cement Works.

Music was always a very important part of Mayme’s life, singing in choral groups and some solo work. She felt very privileged to sing in the community production of “The Messiah” in 2005. She said, “I could belt it out with the rest of them.”

Mayme volunteered in many ways throughout her life in the community, church, and elementary school; and was a part of many organizations, as well. She was an avid reader, and a whiz at crossword puzzles and scrabble.

Mayme is survived by her children, Alan (Pat) of Forest Lake, Steven of Parkers Prairie, Ann (Ron) Sauter of Lakeville, and Philip (Teresa) of Cokato; grandchildren Kim, Chris, Josh, Linnea, and Laura; brothers Raymond and Russell; a sister, Evelyn; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Anna Schultz; husband, Donald; brother, Kenneth; sister, Beatrice; and grandchild, Heather.

A celebration of Mayme’s life took place Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with visitation at the church one hour prior to the service, and followed by internment at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com.

Memorials are suggested to American Refuge Committee and World Hunger.

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