Mary Lee Legried Hendrickson, age 77, of Ames, passed away on July 6, 2010 surrounded by her family at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services were held on July 10 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Ames, with internment at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Mary was born May 16, 1933 in Rake, the daughter of Otis M. and Mabel M. (Erdahl) Legried. She graduated in 1950 from Rake High School. Mary then moved to Forest City and received a degree from Waldorf College in Education. She taught kindergarten at Rock Rapids and Storm Lake and then second grade at Hayes Consolidated School, south of Storm Lake. She loved teaching second grade and said it was her favorite job.
Mary married Ed Hendrickson Aug. 21, 1955 at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. In 1956, Ed and Mary purchased Green Gable Motel in Ames and have called Ames home ever since. Mary was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Ames and associate member of Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, Calif., as well as T.T.T. She enjoyed playing Gin and Bridge, movies, spending winters in California, summers on the deck at Okoboji, reading books, and making blueberry pancakes and mud pies with her grandchildren. Mary cherished the time she spent with friend and family and especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Ed of Ames; children: Ed Hendrickson, Jr. and Tracey Stoll of Claremont, Calif.; David and Linda Hendrickson of Barrington, Ill., and Melinda and Chad Kelchen of Lehigh; grandchildren: Blake and Carlie Henrickson of Iowa City, Jennfier Hendrickson of Claremont, Calif., Grant Hendrickson of Ames, Mark, Molly, Mary and Michael Henrickson of Barrington, Ill., and Samantha and Nicholas Kelchen of Lehigh; sister, Ovedia Elvestrom of Bricelyn, Minn.; sisters-in-law: Judy Matheson of Buffalo Center, Marilyn Turner of Rockwell City and Anita Henrickson of San Jose, Calif.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Lynn Marie Henrickson and brother, Keith Otis Legried.