Avis Bedow, age 90, of Marshall, Minnesota, was called to Heaven on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Minneota Manor Care Center in Minneota, Minnesota. A Drive-Through Visitation, open to the public, will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Please enter on Lyon street, stay in your vehicle and converse through an open window, as the family will be available to receive condolences in front of the funeral home. Then exit will be via Jewett Avenue. Those wishing to come inside for a viewing can also walk through while observing the 10-person limit – please park in the North parking lot and instruction will be provided. Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Tyler, Minnesota.
Avis Aileen Cronk was born on October 19, 1929, in Armstrong, Iowa, to Charles and Amy (Fletcher) Cronk. She attended country school, then high school in Ringsted, Iowa. Avis attended the Free Methodist Church with her family and helped on the family farm in her youth.
On July 30, 1946, Avis was united in marriage to Virgil Bedow at the Free Methodist Church in Armstrong, Iowa. The couple made their home and farmed first North and then East of Tyler for nearly 60 years. They moved to Marshall in 2006 and then into Boulder Estates in 2015. The couple spent 70 years of marriage together and raised five children: Carol, Steve, Rolly, Connie, and Carla.
Avis was a hard-working homemaker and farm wife. She was a long-time member of the Tyler Christian & Missionary Alliance Church and later the Marshall Evangelical Free Church. Avis was always busy gardening, canning, freezing the fruits of her labor, sewing, baking or cooking for her boys and Sunday guests, bookkeeping, and being a mom and grandma. She hosted many a holiday meal and enjoyed games like Rook, Pegs & Jokers, or a good water fight. Virgil and Avis enjoyed 6 years of wintering in Mission, Texas. In later years, while at Boulder Estates, she enjoyed getting spruced up fixing her hair and make-up, wearing her nice clothes.
Avis Bedow died on May 10, 2020, in Minneota, Minnesota, at the age of 90 years, 6 months, and 21 days. Blessed be her memory.
Avis is survived by her children, Carol Glidewell of Pipestone, Steve (Diane) Bedow of Lewisville, TX, Rollin (Lois) Bedow of Tyler, Connie (Will) Weiss of Rochester, and Carla Spranger of Canon, GA; 13 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Bedow; parents, Charles Willard and Amy Alice (Fletcher) Cronk; siblings, Mildred Kirk, Joy Cronk, Kenneth Cronk, Phyllis Nimmo, Wesley Cronk, Paul Cronk; son-in-law, Rodney Glidewell; and great-granddaughter, Megan Bedow.