Mary Elizabeth Hedlund

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Mary Elizabeth Hedlund, formerly of Payson, died June 6, 2008 at Evergreen Care Center in California. She was born March 8, 1920 in Carlisle, Iowa to John and Minnie Elliott.

She married Jay Hedlund in March of 1944 and the couple moved to Des Moines to start their new life. Retirement moved them first to Belle Vista, Ark. and then to Payson. After her husband died in 1999, Mrs. Hedlund moved to Modesto, Calif. in 2000 to be closer to her son and family.

Mrs. Hedlund's life was occupied by a 40-year career in accounting, a love of dancing she shared with her husband, and a large life in the Methodist Church. She was raised in the church in Carlisle, spent her working years as a Sunday school teacher and multiple office holder in Women's Circle at Gatchel Methodist in Des Moines, and used her retirement time to help start new churches in Belle Vista and Payson. She concluded her church life as a member of Centenary United in Modesto.

She is survived by her son, James; daughter-in-law, Linda; grandchildren, Joseph, Jeffrey, Jeremy and Heather; and great-grandsons, Randy and Thomas.

Services were held June 16 in Modesto and graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8 in Des Moines.

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