Mary Elizabeth Page was born in Hattiesburg, MS on April 27, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Willis. Through this union Mary’s one and only sibling Emma was also born. Mary was wed to William Page where this union produced big changes. Born to this union were William (Norris), Brian, Barry, and Jennifer. Mary worked as a house cleaner and caregiver of children while raising her own in Racine, WI.
The family moved to Minnesota in 1971 where Mary began work at Summit Manor Nursing Home, as well as managing and cleaning family businesses. Her restaurants included, Safari Lounge, Celebrity Lounge and The Round Bar (owned by husband Willie).
After closing the businesses and departing from Summit Manor, Mary went into more service work by managing the Senior Nutrition Program for Seniors at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Wilder Childcare on University & Victoria.
RETIREMENT? Nooo. Ms. Mary decided to continue her care giving by becoming Patient and Visitor Assistant at the Alton Memory Care Center. During this time she became a FULL TIME PARENT AGAIN, with arrival of great grandson, 3 month old Jaymar.
Mary left her position trading it in for walks to and from Jimmy Lee to see Jaymar practice and play. She raised Jaymar until the age of 13. A lot of Mary’s time was spent in the backyard gardening, in West St. Paul playing bingo and helping others. Mary loved cooking, and her family.
Mary was diagnosed with the onset of dementia in 2012. She was a fighter and stubborn – she had great spirit, fight, nothing this disease could do, but let her run it!! (smile) And she did, until the day of June 18, 2020 when Mary succumbed to the disease, at home surrounded by family, and allowed GOD to give her rest!!
Mary is preceded in death by her son, William (Norris) Page and husband, William (Willie) Page. She is survived by sons, Brian of Sacramento, CA and Barry of St. Paul; daughter, Jennifer of St. Paul; sister, Emma Franklin of Vallejo, CA; also many grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 25th at the Spielman Mortuary Chapel, 344 W. University Ave. St. Paul. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.). Interment in Elmhurst Cemetery.
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