Mae O. Redelings, age 95, passed away on July 18, 2014 in Tacoma. She was born the daughter of Rupert Peter and Genevieve Ann (Blackburn) Olsen in Brigham City, UT. Mae was one of eight children in her family.
Mae grew up and attended school in Utah. On June 17, 1939, she married Wallace Redelings. The couple moved from Utah to the Kelly Hill area on Dec. 2, 1952 and lived on a beautiful farm on the Kettle River. Mae met Dwight and MarÂ¬guerite Clarke in 1956 and started China Painting as a student of Margueriteâ€™s in 1958. She began her teaching career in China Painting on Kelly Hill while still taking lessons from Mrs. Clarke.
Wallace and Mae moved into Colville in 1966. Following Dr. and Mrs. Clarkeâ€™s passing in 1979, Wallace and Mae moved into their home in Colville where she lived and taught classes until she was 90-years-old. She truly loved teaching her classes and thought of her students as family. Mae moved to the Gig Harbor area to live with her daughÂ¬ter, Susan, in September 2009. Mae was a kind and gentle soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Mae was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wallace, in 1999.
She is survived by her son, Roland Redelings; daughter, SuÂ¬san Bissonnette; daughter-in-law, Carolyn ReÂ¬delings; son, Dan Bissonnette and wife Mona; sister, Roxie Welch; grandÂ¬children Craig Redelings and wife Stephanie, Cindy Bales and husband Shawn, Tammy Wood and husband Ronnie, great-grandchildren Thea Jester and husband, Jessie, Zachary ReÂ¬delings, Kyle Redelings, Shawn Bissonnette, Justin Catherall, and one great-great-grandchild, Waylen Jester.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Sam Artzis for all his care for many years while Mae lived in Colville and to Franciscan Hospice in Tacoma/Gig Harbor for their support and care for four-and-a-half years. She was very appreciative for the care she received from all.
Graveside service and ash committal for Mae will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 23 at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Maeâ€™s name to Franciscan HosÂ¬pice Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98466.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.