Mary Eulalah Adwell, 96

Published 6:14 am Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mary Eulalah Adwell

Mary Eulalah Adwell, 96, died on April 23, 2017.

She was born Nov. 17, 1920. Growing up on the farm near Ravenwood, Missouri, she learned that each member of the family had chores to do each day. She learned to play the piano and continued to do so throughout her life. She became an accomplished horsewoman and could drive anything. Over time this included a team of horses, a tractor and a school bus full of children.

She graduated from Ravenwood High School and Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College.

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She was a teacher, and began teaching in a one-room country schoolhouse in rural Missouri in 1941, teaching all the subjects for eight grades. She taught elementary school students in Missouri, Virginia and Illinois in a career that lasted 53 years and always cherished the memories of the students and families she came to know.

She loved to entertain, and countless individuals enjoyed her hospitality, the delicious food she prepared and the stories she shared. Her home displayed many samples of her skill at needlework. 

She is survived by her son, Jerry (Lynn); grandchildren, Sarah (Levi) and Matthew (Pamela); and great-grandchildren, Vivian Adwell and Lucille Adwell. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah Johnson and Lelah (Wharton) Johnson; and by her husband, Donald E. Adwell. 

There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Christ Episcopal Church, 301 Third Ave. NW, Austin, Minnesota, the Rev. Catherine Lemons and the Rev. Pamela Solberg presiding. Lunch will follow the service.

Memorial gifts can be made to Christ Episcopal Church or AAUW (Austin Association of University Women).