Mary Ellen (Veld) Bye

Born: Mon., Nov. 6, 1933
Died: Thu., Mar. 22, 2018

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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., May 16, 2018
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

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Mary Ellen Bye, age 84, of Mankato, MN died March 22, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living.  Memorial services will be held from 1-4pm Wednesday, May 16, 2018at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato.  Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN.  Mary was born November 6, 1933 to Hilko and Grace (Spencer) Veld in Slayton, MN.  She graduated from Chandler High School as Valedictorian of her class.  Mary then moved to Sioux Falls, SD.  She attended Augustana College and receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  Mary taught three years at Hawthorne Public School, after which she moved to Mankato, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Mankato State College. She practiced nursing for over 30 years at the University of California, San Francisco, Littlefork Municipal Hospital, Littlefork, MN; Municipal Hospital in Rock Rapids, Iowa and Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.  She married Arnold C. Bye on October 1, 1966 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chandler.  Arnold was Hospital Administrator and worked, as Mary did, at hospitals in Littlefork and Rock Rapids.  They later moved to Bemidji where Arnold worked for the State of Minnesota and Mary was homemaker. When Arnold died, Mary returned to Mankato and taught Nursing classes at the Vocational Technical School until 1994.  Mary also received her Master of Science degree in 1989 from Mankato State University.
Mary enjoyed reading books, needle work, raising herbs and cooking for family and friends.  Mary is survived by her sister, Marlene (Philip) Blum of Garretson, SD; nephew, Bradley Blum of Princeton, Idaho; niece, Lisa (Mike) Trewin of Garretson, SD; Joe Rudberg and family; Tom Rudberg and family; and Jon Rudberg and family.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harlen; husband, Arnold; and good friend and companion, Harry Rudberg.  

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Tammy Annen, LPN
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
Mary influenced many lives and educated many minds throughout her career, including mine.

She will be missed by family and friends alike.

God Bless you Mary and thank you for your part in making me who I am today.

Tara (Broughten) Love
   Posted Tue March 27, 2018
Bless you Mimi!

kathleen Sheran
   Posted Wed May 16, 2018
Mary Mary were a rock star in so many way's. I know you avoided the spot light but in your persistence, and quiet competence, you influenced so many of us in such positive ways. I hope you knew that and that we told you often enough.
I was glad to see you a few times while you were living at Perspectives, and although your body was not holding up... your spirit was....that spirit is what I admired and will keep that as my memory of you.

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