Mavis Warling

Mavis Warling


Mavis Jean Warling, 76, of Springfield, passed away on May 16, 2022. Mavis was born July 13, 1945 in St. James. A devout Christian, she was baptized at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church, and was confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James. 

Mavis graduated from St. James High School in 1963.  She was active in Band, Choir, and FHA.  She attended beauty school before becoming a member of the Gamma Omicron Beta Sorority at the University of Minnesota - the “most fun of my life.”  She received the “Outstanding Leadership” Award for chairing the U of M Homecoming.  Mavis married a fraternity brother from across the street – Colin Aune - in November 1967.  They lived in Faribault, MN and owned a gas station, two restaurants and  two stores in the FariboWest Mall. Mavis divorced in 1981 and relocated to Eagan, MN.    

Mavis became a townhome leasing agent, then managed the Crystal Apartments.  She then re-entered the Hospitality Management industry at Poppin-Fresh restaurants, then a ShowBiz Pizza Place, where she loved hosting innumerable birthday parties for kids with the help of her animatronic sidekick “Billy Bob” the bear.  Mavis next managed “The Orion” on top of the IDS Center downtown Minneapolis. Her favorite part of this was looking out the 50th floor office window and waving to the airplane pilots while doing bookwork.  She was banquet manager at the exquisite Interlachen Country Club in Edina, then co-owned and managed her own restaurant - The Exchange - in Mankato, MN before permanently moving back to Southern Minnesota to care for her ailing mother.  Mavis managed the Meadowview Townhomes in Sleepy Eye and generously took victims of the infamous 1998 Comfrey tornado into the open complex units.   Those grateful survivors continued to call, write, and visit Mavis at the Cottonwood Apartments in Springfield, her home for the last 15 years. 

Mavis adored her dogs: Peppy, Oscar, Pixie, and is survived by her beloved pooch, Chance. She loved decorating and music. Mavis’ favorite childhood memories were: visiting all the states by age 13; fishing and eating donuts with her dad; beef commercials with mom at the bowling alley; pretend waitressing at the Warling family cafe in LaSalle; and helping teachers after school.    

Mavis’ parents, Lennart and Marvel (Metteer) Warling, preceded her in death.  She is survived by her only sister, Leora (Warling) Ask (Darrell), Nieces DeeAnn (Ask/Nelson) Peterson and Lorelei (Ask) O’Connor, Nephew Mitchell Ask, and numerous great, and great- great nephews and nieces who will never forget her good jokes and big heart.    

Mavis lived by her modified version of “The Giving Pledge” which she recited as follows: “If I can make a difference in people’s lives – and see it with my own eyes - it is perhaps the most satisfying thing I will ever do.  If you want to fully enjoy life – GIVE.”  

A final testament of her unselfishness, Mavis donated her body to Mayo Anatomical Research. Her remains will be interned at the center’s memorial vault. Her humility caused her to request no formal memorial services, but her headstone may be visited at the East Sveadahl Cemetery.  Mavis requested memorials be directed to the Children’s Hospital.  Cards may be sent to Leora Ask, 67437 370th Street, Butterfield, MN 56120.

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