Mary “Mimi” (“Chips” Elliott) Lorence died on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at Trails of Orono. She was 88 years old.

She was born March 2, 1932 and was raised in Dassel. She attended and received her teaching degree at St. Cloud Teachers College where she met Robert “Bob” Lorence. They were united in marriage on Aug. 15, 1954 and built their first home west of Excelsior in 1958. In 1965, they moved to Mora where they raised their three children. She taught piano lessons. She also played organ and piano at Calvary Lutheran Church, where she both launched and directed the first bell choir. She and her husband returned to Excelsior upon retirement in 2000 to be closer to children and grandchildren.

She had a strong faith and love of music and impacted many lives by sharing those interests.  

She was preceded in death by Robert A. Lorence, Jr., husband of 60 years; parents, James and Blanche (Pankake) Elliott; and stepfather, Stanley Jordahl. 

She will be greatly missed by her children, David and Laurie (Evenson) Lorence, William and Laurie (Bechtold) Lorence and Debbi (Lorence) Topel; grandchildren, Blake and Kirsten (Lorence) Ervin, Gregory and Francesca (Heard) Lorence, Sissorelle Ferox and Diana Oster, Mackenzie Lorence, Sydney Topel and Morgan Topel; great-grandchildren, Bentley and Carter Ervin, Colin and Elliott Lorence; and second cousin, Tracey Gennrich.

A memorial service will be planned when larger gatherings are allowed.

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