Ardyce Elizabeth Delly, age 86, of Sturgis, Mich.,passed away peacefully with her children at her bedside on Friday August 6, 2010, at Fairview Living Centre in Centreville, Mich., where she had been a resident since April.
She was born July 21, 1924, in Denham, Minn., a daughter of the late Eskel and Hilma Anderson.
Ardyce graduated from Willow River High School (MN) in 1941. She lived and worked in Chicago and San Francisco before moving to Michigan in 1960. She retired from Sturgis Molded Products in 1994 after 23 years of employment. After retirement she volunteered at her church, the Sturgis Hospital and the Sturgis Public Library. Se was currently a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
She married John Guthrie in 1960, they later divorced. In 1992 she wed Raymond Delly, a high school classmate. He passed away in 1995.
Ardyce enjoyed traveling, both in the US and internationally, with her children and siblings. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by son Paul Guthrie of Portage; daughter Jane Mast of Sturgis; and grandchildren, Andrew and McLaine Mast of Ann Arbor, Benjamin Mast of East Lansing and Jill and Ryan Mast of Sturgis. She is also survived by sisters, Betty and Walt Norbeck of Richland, Wash., and Lorraine Elledge of Joplin, Mo.; and one brother Clarence Anderson of Moose Lake, Minn., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Marion Swendsen; and three brothers, Wilbert, James and Hilmer Anderson.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. A memorial service celebrating the life of Ardyce Delly will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Calvin Kolzow will officiate. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation consider the Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.