Mary Lavelle, 95, passed away July 9, 2020, in Villa Maria, Fargo ND. Mary Ann Emmett was born on November 13, 1924 in Calvin ND to Raymond and Lenore (Kloepfel) Emmett. She attended Grey Township and Sarles ND schools. Post high school, Mary attended Interstate Business College and was employed by Empire Supply Company in Fargo. She married James A. Lavelle in 1947 at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Mary and Jim were charter members of Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo and she was devoted to Bronson Club, Adoration, and the Funeral Committee. In her spirit of giving and caring, Mary delivered Meals on Wheels for almost 30 years. Mary loved to fill her free time with golf, walking and biking and was an avid bridge player. But her priorities were her nine children, their numerous friends, and nieces and nephews, many of whom considered her their second mom. She welcomed all to her home with open arms and an open kitchen. Mary and Jim enjoyed their winters in Scottsdale AZ until his death in 1995.
Mary is resting in eternal peace, trusting she lived a good life, raised wonderful children, and left a small carbon footprint.
Mary is survived by her children Loralee LaPointe, Vermillion SD, Kari Stoner (Steve), Fargo, Margy Lavelle Furst, Edison WA, Jack, Little Cormorant MN, Barb Houglum (Gregg), Moorhead MN, Dan (Kimberly), Fort Collins CO, Chuck (Kristy), Fort Collins CO, Andrew, Seattle WA; daughter-in-law Jeanne Ledoux Lavelle, Mainville OH; 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and many, many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her son Jamie, her parents, and her siblings Dot Schwartz, Nell Hart, Bud Emmett, Joe Emmett and Molly Blair.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Nativity Catholic Church, Valley Seniors Services Meals on Wheels, or a charity of your choice.
A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday July 20, with visitation one hour before, at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo. Nativity church requires attendees to wear face mask per CDC guidelines.