Mavonne Ann Neu, 82, passed into eternity with our Lord on Friday, September 4, 2020, at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center in Aberdeen, SD. The funeral service and committal will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. on the open prairie, which she so deeply loved, at Howell Cemetery in Hand County. Reverend Peter M. Utecht will officiate.
Visitation will be held at Hyke Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., and for one hour prior to the funeral at the cemetery on Wednesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Mavonne Ann Diede was born November 1, 1937, to Theodore and Ann (Stoebner) Diede in Miller, SD, the fourth of five children. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in Trinity Lutheran Church in Miller. She later became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rockham, SD, and its sister church, Messiah, in Redfield, SD.
Mavonne married Linn Neu on September 25, 1955. Although the marriage was threatened to be short-lived when she ran over him with the car in a hunting accident only 10 days after the ceremony, it did develop into a surviving, thriving union that lasted three weeks short of 65 years. In those years they raised three daughters, and they excitedly welcomed two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. They worked side by side meticulously farming, milking cows, raising pigs, and developing Hereford cattle. They were the second generation of their herd and extended that herd into the next generation by providing seedstock for their daughters' herds. After retiring from active farming and ranching, Linn and Mavonne continued to live on the farm, finding new ways to get tired (i.e. re-tired).
In spring and summer months, Mavonne’s favorite activities included pampering her flowers, which she also freely helped to establish in family members' beds. In winters, she may have been found researching genealogy, crocheting tablecloths for each of the daughters and granddaughters, baking, and refinishing furniture. She made sure generations following her knew how to sew and bake bread. She put a stamp of perfection on all of her work.
In more recent years, Mavonne was able to truly just enjoy the prairie when checking “the girls'” cows without the work of winters and took mini vacations and day trips with Linn.
Mavonne is survived by her husband and three daughters and their spouses: Marie (Arlen) Harvey of Ree Heights, SD; Betty (Michel) Brink of Redfield, SD; and Mary (Michael) DeCroix of Chubbuck, ID; her two granddaughters, Ann Price and Emily (Patrick) Schaefers, both of Miller, SD; and her great-grandchildren: Marianne and Vanessa Price and Jenna, Holly, and Max Schaefers. She is also survived by her brother, Marvin (Caroline) Diede and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mavonne was preceded in death by her parents as well as three of her siblings and their spouses: Delores (Gus Gusler and Leo Istas); Shirley (Frank “Bud”) Wellner, Marjean (Robert) Fawcett; and her brother-in-law and spouse, Carl (Thelma) Neu. She was also preceded by niece Sherry Istas, and nephews Tim and Ted Diede, and Gerry Neu.
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