Avis Marie Krone Byker of Mora, died on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in her home where she longed to be after a difficult summer of hospitalizations and a month-long stay in rehab. She was 82 years old.

She was born Jan. 5, 1938, to Louis Emmanuel “Manny” and Mabel (Berg) Nelson in Grasston. She attended elementary school in Grasston and then graduated from Braham High School in 1956.

On July 28, 1957, she was united in marriage to Arthur “Bud” Krone. After a few years they purchased a farm on the Groundhouse River south of Mora near Brunswick. In addition to raising their growing family, she milked cows and goats and helped tend to the crops. She also worked at Fingerhut in Princeton and AMOCO Plastic Factory in Mora during some of this time. She and her husband were also the first and only school bus drivers for Brunswick Country School before it consolidated with Mora Schools. They moved to a larger farm a few miles away in the fall of 1974 where they continued dairy farming until Bud died in a trucking accident on June 22, 1989. After he passed, her all-time favorite job was working at the vegetable stand during the summers for their good friends, Sheldon and Diane Zellman. She loved visiting with the customers and having her sister, Shirley, as a co-worker sometimes too.

She met Gene Byker in 1991, and they were married on Dec. 31, 2003. She sold the farm in 1997 and kept a few acres where they called home. While living there, she worked at the Hinckley Grand Casino for over 10 years.

She will be missed by family, friends and loyal little dog, Gizmo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Arthur “Bud” Krone; son, Bradley Ross Krone; siblings, Howard, Reynold, Lloyd and Vahdah Nelson; brothers-in-law, Don Anderson and Jim Harwell; and sister-in-law Nadine Rau.

She is survived by husband, Eugene “Gene” Byker of Mora; children, Kathy (Steve) Kerr of Mora, Sandy (Jim) Larson of Isanti, Shari Fischer of Plymouth, Kim Barreno of Connecticut, Dan (Julie) Krone of Mora, Darci (Chad) Perreault of Connecticut and Mike (Brittany) Krone of Isanti; stepsons, Ken Killinger of Braham and Rick Killinger of Stanchfield; sister, Shirley Anderson of Mora; brother-in-law, Roland Rau of Texas; sisters-in-law, Kay Nelson of Arizona, Joyce Harwell of Texas, Diana Nelson of Wisconsin and Vonnie Oman; step-children, Tammy (Tim) Smith, Debbie (Mike) Gould, Kim (Jerald) Gay and Travis Byker; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 at the home of Avis and Gene. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Brunswick. Arrangements were by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at

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