Mae M. Wegener

mom-useMae M. Wegener (Lindgren) passed away on the morning of August 18th at Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland, WA surrounded by the love and comfort of her two daughters. It was a beautiful sunny day for her final journey home to be with her husband.  She was born on the family farm in Red River, MN on May 6, 1924.  She grew up in Noyes, MN and graduated from Pembina High School in 1940 at the age of 16.  Mae met George Wegener and they were married in 1943, two weeks before he left for a two year tour of duty overseas with the US Army.  In his absence, Mae lived in Minneapolis, worked for Gamble Skogmo and volunteered her time at the USO.  During this time she also received her CNA from the University of Minn.  In 1945, she and George moved to Portal, ND where they spent the next 60 years, moving to Seattle in 2005 to be close to their girls. George passed away in 2007.  During their time in Portal, Mae was an active member of the community.  She purchased a ceramic studio with Ione Keller and eventually became sole owner of Mae’s Ceramics for many, many years.  She had customers from miles around in both the US and Canada.  She was an accomplished artist in oil painting, wood working, drawing, sewing, and most of the pieces were her own design.  Our mom could do anything!  Lithographs of her painting of the ‘Bygone Streets of Portal’ are hung in many homes around the world.  Her latest artistic venture in Seattle was driftwood sculpture, creating many beautiful pieces exhibited in the NW Driftwood Art Show.  Most important in Mae’s life was her family.  She was a beautiful woman, who loved her family ferociously, with all her heart.  For as much as our hearts ache, she has left us with so so many wonderful memories and a shining example of what it means to be the best mother, grandmother and great grandmother in the world.
She will greatly missed by her daughters Barbara (Jim) Salter and Joni (Michael) Ballantyne; grandchildren:  Quinn (Ben) Richey, Gillian (Paul) Davis, Anthony (Caitlin) Salter, Blake and Tori Ballantyne; great grandchildren: Tyler and Makiah Richey and Siena Davis, all of the Seattle area; her sister Earlene Newton of Porterville, CA; many nieces and nephews and many many friends both in North Dakota and Washington state.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Barton’s Funeral Home, 14000 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA  98133.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that remembrances be sent to Evergreen Hospice 12822 124th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

7 Responses to “Mae M. Wegener”

  • Lana Childs says:

    Quinn… So sorry to hear about your dear grandmother passing away. She sounds like she was a fabulous woman!

  • Peggy Hail says:

    Your mom seemed so active in everything and loved whatever she did, that it just doesn’t seem possible she is gone. My heart goes out to you and am so sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort be with you and your family.

  • Danielle D says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. She obviously leaves a great legacy for your families to follow and enjoy in memories. Much love to you.

  • Robert Michaels says:

    Barbara, and Family… for as many years that I have known you all…. I have always considered your parents (yea, and you) among the finest, kindest, honest and loving… and words will fail me now as I try to tell you all, how saddened yet proud I am to have known such a wonderful Family.. Thank You for the time they gave everything they had.. to me.. believe me when I tell you my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.. kind and gentle thoughts be with you all….. and thank you again…..


    p.s. that’s an incredible eulogy.. I expected nothing less….

  • Rick Owings says:

    Barb, Joni and family-

    Mae was such a wonderful lady. I have a cross she made and I think of her whenever I see it. I’m glad she is reunited with George. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficut time.

    Love Rick & Nikki Owings
    Bismarck ND

  • Jo Marsh says:

    Barb and Joni – Please know that our Redmond Driftwood class held our own memorial moments for Mae yesterday. Dick Kite gave a reading and played his flute, and we all shared our thoughts and memories of our meaningful years with Mae. We remember her with great fondness and utmost respect, and miss her greatly.

    Jo and the entire group of driftwooders.

  • Jeanne Collier says:

    I’m truly sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. I was a fellow driftwooder and enjoyed Mae’s wonderful personality…her quick wit and joyous laughter will always remain with me. I will miss her.

    Jeanne Collier

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