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BACKUS, Minn. — Mary Sheley, 68, Backus, Minn., passed away Tuesday (May 24, 2011) at her home.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Baptist Church, Backus, Minn., with the Rev. Jeff Broom officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the church, and also one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, Minn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

She was born April 4, 1943, in Streator, daughter of Joseph and Leona Tallyn. She graduated from Benson High School,  Benson.

Mary moved to Backus in 1979, and worked in the banking business for more than 33 years, with the last 21 years at First National Bank of Walker, Backus Branch. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Backus, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and served as their treasurer for many years. Mary loved following her grandkids’ sporting events, and enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Bulls and college basketball games, especially during March Madness. She also enjoyed spending time with her best friend, Kathy Chitwood, and Thursday morning breakfasts with the ladies at the Backus Corner Store.

Mary is survived by her children, Dave (Kim) Sheley and Dawn (Dean) Crosby; grandchildren, Tucker, Taylor, Tatum, Lucas and Brittni; stepgrandchildren, Daryn, Mikayla, Brandon and Logan; brother, Joe (Lynda) Tallyn; and sister, Donna (Ron) Peterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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