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Edith May (Elliott) Lies

April 22, 1928 ~ June 14, 2019 (age 91)

Edith M. Lies, age 91, of Watkins, formerly of South Haven, died Friday, June 14, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. James Statz as the Celebrant and Deacon Steve Yanish assisting. Entombment will follow at St. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Edith May Lies was born April 22, 1928 in Fonehill, Saskatchewan, Canada to Harry and Minnie (Cahoon) Elliott. When she was six, the family moved to a farm near North Kingston. She helped with chores during her youth, including doing field work when her brothers were in the service. Edi graduated from Kimball High School with the Class of 1946. Following graduation, she worked as a Postal Clerk at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Farm Campus. On December 15, 1949, Edi was united in marriage to Gerald James Lies at St. Columbus Catholic Church in St. Paul. They raised their family in South Haven and lived there for over 60 years. Edi and Gerry worked side by side in their meat locker plant from 1968-1976 and they owned and operated Lies Meats and Groceries from 1976-1982.

Edi served as the South Haven City Treasurer from 1982-1986 and as the City Clerk from 1986-1996. She was a founding member of the South Haven VFW Auxiliary. She held an office every year of the organization's existence including the first President when the Auxiliary was formed in 1957, and the last President when it was disbanded in 2008. Edi served as South Haven's Chief election Judge for 29 years, retiring following the 2012 elections. She helped form the South Haven/South Side United Charities and was active in the organization during all of its existence. She was active in the PTA for several years in South Haven.

Edi's favorite hobbies included gardening, cooking, collecting recipes, golfing, traveling throughout the US and Canada, reading and making greeting cards. Her greatest joy was the time she spent with her loving husband, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Edi was a voice of support and encouragement, a loyal friend and a prayerful woman.

Edi is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Art) Meier of Roseville, Sandra (Dean) Hawkinson of Elk River and Sheila (Dan) Scrabeck of Rochester; four grandchildren, Anne Reed, Heidi Bentz, Kara Schuster and Brent Hawkinson and seven great grandchildren, Megan and Ali Reed, Calvin and Kaitlyn Bentz, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson and Caden Schuster. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Minnie Elliott; husband, Gerry Lies; and brothers, Alvin, Donald and Harold Elliott.

The casket bearers will be Brent Hawkinson, Calvin and Darren Bentz, Scott Reed, Cory Schuster and John Lemke. St. Anne Choir will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.

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