Andover – Grace Eleanor Haugen Mayta, a native of Thief River Falls, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, in Andover, at the age of 93. She was born on September 19, 1923, in the family home on Arnold Avenue in Thief River Falls, the second daughter of Alfred Haugen and Ruth Nybakken Haugen.
She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church and was a lifelong member there. After graduating from Lincoln High School, she attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Returning home, Grace began a long career at Land O’Lakes, retiring in the 1980s.
Grace was a selfless, unassuming, gentle and caring human. She enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in her back yard. She was a long-term caregiver for both her mother and her older sister. She didn’t store up treasures for herself on this earth. She personified the spirit of giving to others.
Grace was an avid genealogist, making sure her nephews and their families knew about their Norwegian ancestors.
Grace had a passion for liberal politics and liked to make her views known at meetings of the Minnesota DFL Party, as well as by writing letters to the editors of newspapers.
Living at Arbor Oaks Assisted Living in Andover with her younger sister since May 2015, she enjoyed crossword puzzles and regular shipments of library books. She loved reading on a wide variety of subjects.
Grace is survived by her younger sister, Harriett Lockrem of Andover; nephew Peter Lockrem (Jane) and great-niece Sarah of San Jose, CA; nephew Tim Lockrem (Sue) of Coon Rapids; great-niece Emily Barton (Tyler) and great-great-nephew Coen of Everett, WA; great-nephew Aaron Lockrem (Heather) of New Brighton; and great-niece Katie Welsh (Gary) and great-great-nephew Teddy of Crystal.
Grace’s calming presence and infectious generosity will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorials may be sent to the Agassiz Audubon Society, Inc, 120 East Bridge Ave, Warren, MN 56762. A private family burial will be planned for a later date.