WEST DES MOINES — Mavis Odell Ell­ertson was born Feb­ruary 5, 1928, to Ole and Matt­ie Ellertson near Kiester, Minnesota. The youngest of nine siblings, she was born an aunt and enjoyed that distinction.

The family moved frequently when she was young, but by high school, they settled in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Mavis was active in music, drama, and Luther League. She graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1945 after completing Normal School training for emergency teachers during World War II.

That same year a young man named (Leroy) Emery Bottelson returned from the war. They met at a roller skating party and the rest is history.

Mavis attended one year at Waldorf College and returned to teaching elementary school while her sweetheart completed college. They were married July 31, 1948, and lived seventy years happily together, celebrating that anniversary the summer of 2018.

Their three children were born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and they moved to Humboldt in December of 1962, where they remained through Emery’s retirement.

The family was actively involved in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Church was Mavis’s second home. She was involved in Bible circles, ALCW, choir singing and directing the junior choir, Sunday School teaching. And then some …

Their children all settled in West Des Moines, Iowa. Eventually Mavis and Emery moved to an independent living community in Urbandale, where they remained active and happy.

As their health began to fail, and Mavis’s memory began to fade, they moved to Bickford West Assisted Living, where Mavis passed from this life Sunday, June 16, 2019, to join Emery in heaven.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all siblings and their spouses, several nieces and nephews, and two infant sons, Wayne Emery and David Wayne.

Surviving family members include their son, Mark (Elaine) Bottelson; daughter, Ann Morris, and daughter, Ruth (Scott) Meyer. Also surviving them are ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, IA with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that people who wish, contribute to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Iowa; Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines; or Divine Access, mission work in Ghana. Condolences at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.