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Patricia Joyce (Avens) Mears

Jul 24, 2021

Oct. 18, 1923-March 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 Bar-

ney 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

graduated from Rugby

High School, the class of


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


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. Hospitality was

one of Pat’s greatest gifts;

an immaculate house-

keeper along with being a

wonderful cook who kept

a freezer full of cookies

and bars for her hungry


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


several nieces, nephews,

and other relatives.

She was preceded in

death by: her husband,

(September 2, 1994);

daughter, Jane Braaten

(October 30, 2001); grand-

son, Randy James Braaten,

(June 22, 1987); three

brothers; four sisters; and

her parents.

A graveside memorial

service will be held at

11:30 a.m. Saturday, July

31 at the Persilla Watts

Cemetery in Rugby with

lunch and fellowship to

follow at the Rugby


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online con-



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