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Mary Patricia "Pat" (Edmunds) Dingels

Mary Patricia "Pat" (Edmunds) Dingels

Mary Patricia "Pat" (Edmunds) Dingels age 70, of Phoenix, Arizona and formerly of Plymouth, Crystal and Bird Island MN, died Saturday, March 15th, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents Marie and Elmore Edmunds. She is survived by her children Paul (Sheila), Laura, Peter, and Zea, and grandchildren Nathan, Alex, Oscar, and Ella. Also surviving are her siblings Maureen (Mike) Beck, Peter (Polly) Edmunds, Eileen Fider, and John (Twila) Edmunds, as well as her ex-husband David.

Mary Patricia Edmunds was born April 5th, 1943 in Willmar, MN and raised in Bird Island where she graduated from St. Marys High School. She then graduated from St. Marys School of Nursing in Minneapolis. As a dedicated nurse, Pat helped tend to the needs of countless people during her career. Pat was a pioneer of healthy nutrition before it became fashionable, including helping change school lunch programs in the 1970's. She also served for many years in various roles with La Leche League International helping mothers around the country give their newborns the best start in life possible. Pat loved gathering with family for birthdays and holiday celebrations and watching her grandchildren grow up, and will be deeply missed.

Pat was ever faithful, even through the difficult final weeks of her illness. She was able to enjoy visits by many family members during her final weeks. Her family also extends thanks to all the compassionate hospice professionals who took such good care of her.

Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, March 24th at 1:15 p.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Bird Island, MN, with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Visitation is Monday at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Bird Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Andrew Residence.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN

(320) 523-1102