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Patricia Joyce (Avens) Mears

Mar 13, 2021

Oct. 18, 1923 – Mar. 4, 2021

Patricia Joyce (Avens)

Mears age 97 of Rugby,

North Dakota died Thurs-

day, March 4, 2021 at the

Heart of America Care

Center in Rugby. Pat was

born October 18, 1923 in

Rugby, the daughter of

Edward Barney Asleson

Avens and Vida Alma

(Robinson) Avens. She

was raised on her parent’s

farm, north of Pleasant

Lake where she attended

rural school and graduat-

ed from Rugby High

School, the class of 1941.

Pat was united in mar-

riage on October 25, 1943

to James E. Mears. The

couple made their home,

raised their family, and

farmed north of Pleasant

Lake until retiring into

Rugby. A loving wife,

mother, grandmother,

homemaker and friend,

Pat worked outside the

home at the Sales Ring

Cafe and in the kitchen of

the Haaland Home. Hos-

pitality was one of Pat’s

greatest gifts; an immacu-

late housekeeper along

with being a wonderful

cook who kept a freezer

full of cookies and bars

for her hungry grandkids.

She is survived by

daughters, Judy Holliday

of Montesano, Washing-

ton, and Betty Triplett of

Rugby; eight grandchil-

dren, Larry (Sheila)

Braaten, Brian (Julie)

Braaten, BJ (Randy)

DeHerrera, Shannon Hol-

liday, Ryan Holliday, Ja-

son (Heidi) Triplett, Kal

(Lindsay) Triplett, and

Kurt (Jena) Triplett;

son-in-law, Gene Braaten;

sister-in-law, Luella

Avens. She is also sur-

vived by 14 great

grandchildren; 1

great-great granddaughter;

several nieces, nephews,

and other relatives. She

was preceded in death by

her husband, (September

2, 1994); daughter, Jane

Braaten (October 30,

2001); grandson, Randy

James Braaten, (June 22,

1987); three brothers; four

sisters; and her parents.

A service of Remem-

brance will be held in the

summer of 2021 at the

Persilla Watts Cemetery,

Rugby all to be an-

nounced when finalized.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby.

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