Mary Alberts


Mary Geroe Alberts, 86, of Hayfield, MN peacefully passed away on Tuesday May 31.  Mary was born on October 6, 1935, in Minneapolis, MN to Luther Mitchell Wells and Emma Geroe Bennett.  She was guided through her life by her deep Christian faith.

Mary loved the Rocky Mountain West.  She grew up in Sheridan, WY and attended nursing school in Missoula, MT obtaining a RN degree.  She started her professional career as a nurse working on the Native American reservations in northern Wyoming.  Several years later she married and subsequently raised 2 sons.  At heart she was a true pioneer woman who loved to garden, can, and cook.  In addition, she loved painting, pottery, knitting, and sewing.  Above almost everything she loved animals, especially all of her pets.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Steven Robert Alberts (Paula) and Michael Kevin Alberts (Kristin Kelsey).

Her family is grateful to the staff of Seasons Hospice House for their compassionate care.

A memorial service, at her request, will not be held.  Memorial recognitions may be donated to the Southwest Indian Foundation (

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Mary may be shared at

8 thoughts on “Mary Alberts

  1. Dear Steve and Paula, I am very sorry for your loss. I only met Mary once, and found her to be a lovely person. From knowing you two, I learned that she loved her independent life in her own home, with her menagerie of animals. I hope that you can take solace in knowing that she lived a long and happy life with much help from you two. Much love, Vesna and family

  2. Dear Steve and Paula:
    So sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you can keep the good memories close to your heart.

  3. Steve and Paula – my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. While I didn’t meet Mary, I know she was a lovely lady as I know it runs in the family. May your fond memories live in your hearts forever! And knowing that you loved and cared deeply for Mary, she is now healthy and free to watch over you from above! May God bless you as you walk through this journey and please let me know if you need anything!

  4. Steve and Paula. Our thoughts are with you on Mary’s passing. Will stop at your place to see what we can help with. Jim and Carolyn

  5. Dear Steve and Paula – We are so sorry to hear of your loss and hold you in our prayers. Our deepest condolences to you during this time. Marcia and Ken

  6. Steve and Paula, Mike and Kristin,
    Mary was one of a kind, a compassionate lady to all living things. She couldn’t pass an animal without wondering if it needed a new home. She had a depth of understanding of the human soul. Her love for the Lord was everywhere, studying the Word daily, and sharing the knowledge.
    I knew Mary in Idaho, where she was a tough mountain lady…..soap making, canning, cleaning hides, making bread, and gardening, while talking nonstop to any animal in sight. And a Native painting was always in the works.
    Our deepest sympathy to your family to not have this wonderful mother to talk to anymore.
    Bruce and Flory

  7. Steve & Paula, Your mother & mother in law was a truly talented artist, a strong woman (ahead of her time?) who overcame many personal obstacles & loved all creatures god created. I only met her once in person but I came to know her through conversations with Paula & see her amazing artwork. It is hard to lose the presence of a mother/loved one but I believe she is now at peace, without pain in the afterlife she believed in. With sympathy in your loss, Karen

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