Mary Lorence, 88

Mary “Mimi” (“Chips” Elliott) Lorence, age 88, passed away at Trails of Orono Jan. 22, 2021.

Mary was born March 2, 1932, and raised in Dassel, MN. She attended and received her teaching degree at St. Cloud Teachers College, where she met Robert “Bob” Lorence.

They were married Aug. 15, 1954, and built their first home west of Excelsior, MN, in 1958.

In 1965, they moved to Mora, MN, where they raised their three children.

Mary taught piano lessons. She also played organ and piano at Calvary Lutheran Church, where she both launched and directed the first bell choir.

She and Bob returned to Excelsior upon retirement in 2000, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Mary had a strong faith and love of music. She impacted many lives by sharing those interests.

She was preceded in death by Robert A. Lorence Jr., husband of 60 years; parents, James and Blanche (Pankake) Elliott; and stepfather, Stanley Jordahl.

She will be greatly missed by her children, David and Laurie (Evenson) Lorence, William and Laurie (Bechtold) Lorence, and Debbi (Lorence) Topel; grandchildren, Blake and Kirsten (Lorence) Ervin, Gregory and Francesca (Heard) Lorence, Sissorelle Ferox and Diana Oster, Mackenzie Lorence, Sydney Topel, and Morgan Topel; great-grandchildren, Bentley and Carter Ervin, Colin and Elliott Lorence; and second cousin, Tracey Gennrich.

A memorial service will take place when larger gatherings are allowed.

The Cremation Society of Minnesota is serving the family, 612-825-2435.

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