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Mary Pauline Ahrens | Obituary

By on August 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Mary Pauline Ahrens | Obituary

Mary Pauline Ahrens

Mary Pauline Ahrens (nee Fischer), 75, of Columbia, formerly of Richland, Wash., died Aug. 24, 2012, in Belleville.

She was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Barstow, Calif., daughter of the late Marshall and Louisa Fischer (nee Spinning).

She married the late Jack D. Ahrens on Feb. 12, 1955, in Richland, Wash.; he preceded her in death on May 17, 1996.

Ahrens was a long-time member of the Richland Northwest United Protestant Church, Richland, Wash. She worked as a secretary for the Atomic Energy Commission beginning in high school, then moved on to become a full-time mother to her family. After raising her family, she went back to work at Marlin’s Photography, Richland, Wash., and had also worked in the fabric department at Payless, also in Richland, Wash.

She was a fine quilter and seamstress, and excelled as a great baker.

Survivors include her sons Alan (Lisa) Ahrens of Seattle, Wash., John (Debbie) Ahrens of Columbia, and Ken (Michelle) Ahrens of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren Rick (Megan) Ahrens, and Bryce, Mary Elizabeth and Michael Ahrens; great-grandchildren Cayla and Aiden Ahrens, and Luke Crowley; brother Robert “Bud” (Yvonne) Fischer of Woodland, Calif.; and sister-in-law Elaine Fischer; along with other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons James and Tom Ahrens; brother Marshall Fischer; and sister Bonnie Jean “B.J.” (Paul) Sandstrom.

All services were private.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Ronald McDonald House.


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