MayBelle “NeNe” Erickson, 100
MayBelle “NeNe” Erickson, age 100, went peacefully into the open arms of our Lord on Friday, July 18, 2014.
She was a former lifelong resident of Stevens Point, but had resided in Longmont, Colorado for the past six years to be closer to her son, Jay. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Stevens Point on May 20th with her close family and friends.
MayBelle was born May 20, 1914 to the late William and Elizabeth (Sickler) LeBlanc in Wausau, WI. She was encouraged by her grandmother to further her education. She attended Cosmetology School in Milwaukee, WI and obtained a license to, not only be a stylist, but to be a salon manager. She subsequently moved to Stevens Point to manage a salon, and that is where she met her husband.
She married Godfrey John Erickson in 1938. They were married for 48 blissful years and were blessed to have two sons, Emory Jay and Ned Clark Erickson. Godfrey preceded her in death on January 2, 1986.
MayBelle was a loving mother, aunt, wife and grandmother. She will be remembered as a peacemaker and helper.
She was very involved in her community, reaching out to those who were less fortunate. MayBelle loved helping little children with disabilities, and always made sure they had coats and mittens. Every Christmas, MayBelle would purchase a little dress for the girls.
MayBelle and her son, Jay, joined the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society to help create the Godfrey and MayBelle Erickson Natural Area, a habitat for the migratory birds located on McDill Pond in Stevens Point.
MayBelle is survived by her son, Jay (Andrea) of Longmont, Co; grandson, Emory; and a great-grandson Kyle of South Caroline; nephew, Jay Rachel, and his daughter, Sarah of Ft. Worth, TX; nephew, Robert LeBlanc of Stevens Point; nieces, Marsha Spangle and Sandra Thompson of Stevens Point; 3 step-grandchildren; and 9 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Ned; sister, Gladys Garske; brother, Lawrence LeBlanc; niece, Mae “Pug” Rachel; and nephew, Donny LeBlanc.
Family and friends will gather to share memories from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at Boston Funeral Home on Saturday, August 2, 2014. A Funeral Service, to celebrate her life, will begin 11:00 a.m., Saturday with Rev. Susan Zencka officiating. Burial will follow the service in Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Grand Rapids.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting. Online condolences may be made at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
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