Mary Ellen Lyster Deverell

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Mary Ellen Lyster Deverell

Mary Ellen (Lyster) Deverell, 86, of Storm Lake, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in Storm Lake.

A private family service will be held. Entombment will be in the Riverside Mausoleum at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mary Ellen Lyster was the seventh child born to Gus and Lena (Swanson) Lyster on March 17, 1923, at home near Webb. Mary was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith. Mary went to grade school at Cornell School and graduated from Schaller High School in 1940.

After school, she went to work at the Defense Plant in La Porte, Indiana where she made 55mm shells. She stayed with friends and traveled to work with them, as she didn't own a car. During that time she became very ill with appendicitis and was on the critical list while there.

Realizing the war would be over soon, she went to work for Western Union in Chicago, Illinois. In 1947, Mary transferred to the office in Detroit, Mich. She worked there one year and then transferred to Minneapolis, Minn. in 1948. She later transferred to Los Angeles, Calif. It was there that she met and married Al Deverell on Sept. 1, 1962 in Reno, Nevada.

In 1983, she retired from Western Union and moved to Clear Lake, to be near her nephew, Jim Lyster and the rest of her family. Mary stayed two years in Clear Lake and then returned to Escondido, Calif., where she lived until September 2005.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; four brothers: Carl, Bertel, Wendell (infancy) and Frans Lyster; and two sisters: Beatrice Halverson and Alice Krogstad.

Mary is survived by her sister-in-law, Agnes Meseck of Cherokee; and extended family.

The family request that memorials be sent to Buena Vista County Hospice.

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.