Mary Elizabeth Congdon
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Mary Elizabeth Congdon, 89, of Mayville, N.D., and formerly of Decatur, Mich., died Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville.

She was born Sept. 30, 1923, to Henry Franklin and Maty Agnes (Goodwin) Meade in Dallas.

She attended the local Presbyterian Church and graduated from high school in Irving, Texas.

Her family moved to Paola, Kan., where she married George D. Aubrey and they raised seven children.

In addition to being a homemaker, she worked as a secretary for the Miami County Extension Service office and active as a 4H leader for many years.

George passed away in 1976.

She remained in Paola for several years, and then met and later married Norvin E. Beck of Louisburg, Kan. They enjoyed traveling to Mission, Texas, for the winter, where they were active in the Fiesta Village Retirement Community. They both enjoyed dancing and playing cards and shuffleboard. Norvin passed away in 1988.

She continued to travel to Mission in the winter, where she met and married Guy W. Congdon of Decatur, Mich. They eventually decided that traveling back and forth was to strenuous and made their home in Mission. They both suffered medical complications in 2006 and moved to White Oak Manner in Lawton, Mich. Guy passed away in 2008 and Mary moved to Mayville to be closer to family.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved to camp, fish, sing and dance. She was also a member of a square dancing team in Decatur. She was the chairman of the shuffleboard committee in Fiesta Village for many years and helped organize several citywide tournaments annually. She was also a member of the Easter Star in Decatur.

Survivors include two sons: Ray G. (Denise) Aubrey of Cleveland and Gordon Ray (Marie) Aubrey of Hatton, N.D.; 22 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: John and Curtis Meade; and husbands: George, Norvin and Guy; three sons: Gordon Lee, Paul and Bruce; two daughters: Ramona and Lois; and a grandson, Douglas.

There will be a graveside service on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Lakeside Cemetery in Decatur, Mich.

A prayer service will be held at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, N.D.

Arrangement by Newell Funeral Home in Decatur, Mich.