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Elaine Frances (Merrill) Maurer

March 5, 1931 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 88)

Elaine F. Maurer, age 88, of Annandale took her heavenly flight and went into the arms of her beloved Savior on Saturday, June 1, 2019. She joined her beloved husband, Donald, in heaven who preceded her in death on April 11, 1982.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Heartland Evangelical Free Church, Annandale with Pastor Denny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairhaven Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church. Memorials are preferred to Heartland Evangelical Free Church.

Elaine Frances Merrill was born March 5, 1931 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Murvale and Frances (Vouk) Merrill. She attended school in Little Falls and graduated with the Class of 1949 (The 49ers). She married Donald F. Maurer on June 18, 1955 at Calvary Baptist Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota, two sons were born to the union, Randy and Tim. They made their home in Fairhaven. Elaine worked at the Little Falls Bakery, Honeywell, Northland Canning Co in Cokato, and National Connections in Cokato for 23 years. In 1991, she moved to the Goldendale Apartments in Annandale. That same year Elaine then became a foster grandparent at Bendix Elementary. She nurtured many children over the years and in turn the kindergarten kids became her extended family and played an important part of her life. This also resulted in many graduation party invitations over the years. She went by many names, Mom, Grandma Frannie, Grandma Elaine, Nana, Auntie, friend, sister, and most of all, A child of the King Jesus. Elaine was a former member of the Maple Lake Baptist Church and in later years, Annandale Evangelical Free Church, now Heartland Evangelical Free Church. She loved bible studies, liked to read, and embroider dish towels that she gave away as gifts. She loved to play Yahtzee, cribbage, and other board games, and games on the internet but only in Christian game rooms. Although she couldn’t sing, she loved music and especially the old hymns and southern gospel quartets. She was a babysitter to many nieces, nephews, neighborhood kids, and most of all her precious grandchildren, Jason, Brendan, and Taylor. She cherished family get-togethers, her 4th of July gatherings, and the annual family reunions. Elaine would like to be remembered as one forgiven for her sins by her precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, her love for God, Jesus, her country, and her love and loyalty to her friends and family.

Elaine is survived by her two sons, Randy (Linda) Maurer of Buffalo and Tim (Trudy) Maurer of Kimball; the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Jason (Kelly), Brendan, and Taylor; two brothers-in-law, Arnie (Marlis) of Texas and Dick (Eleanor) of Fairhaven; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; parents, Murvale and Frances Merrill; sisters, Alverna Thole and Marlyn Merrill; brothers, LeRoy, Jerome, and Gene Merrill; and parents-in-law, Emil and Caroline Maurer.

Jim Lahr, Jim Demarais, Don Grant, Mike Grant, John Merrill, and Dick Maurer will serve as pallbearers with Jason, Kelly, Brendan and Taylor Maurer as honorary pallbearers. Music will be provided by the Jean and Roy Kassel Family. Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

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