Mary “Marlys” Paulsen – Republic of Mitchell

Mary “Marlys” Paulsen, 86, of Ethan, SD, went to her heavenly home at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell on Monday, November 21, 2022. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 28 at 10:30 am at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD with Father Bob Krantz officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. The viewing takes place on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bittner burial chapel.

Mary Marlys (Seas) Paulsen was born on June 22, 1936 in Hendricks, MN to Carl and Blanche (Murphy) Seas. She attended school in White, SD and graduated in 1954. She attended South Dakota Beauty Academy and bought a beauty shop with a friend in Milbank, SD, which they called “M and M Beauty Shop”. She has been a hairdresser all her life and was still cutting hair in the last months of her life. She met her future husband Norman Paulsen at a dance hall called “Tunerville” near Clear Lake and they were married on April 4, 1959 in White. They continued their love of dancing throughout their marriage.

Faith played a big part in Marlys’ life. During her 86 years she was a devoted and faithful servant of God. Marlys was known for their excellent baking. During her tenure at Randalls/Coborns she baked more pies than anyone can count and took great pride in her skills. In 2014 she was nominated by her good friend Janice Feiner for a pie contest sponsored by the local newspaper; To no surprise to her family, she won and the newspaper dubbed her “The Lord of the Cakes”! Marlys donated cakes to many fundraisers and brought homemade buns to the teachers in Ethan every year.

Marlys was a gifted bridge player and enjoyed spending time playing with her friends each week. She was also a sports fanatic and followed the Ethan Rustlers, the BEE Seahawks and the Minnesota Twins. When choosing her assisted living center, one of her concerns was what TV channels she could access as she didn’t want to miss any sporting events or her Hallmark movies! Marlys had a large circle of friends and they loved taking bus trips to local casinos. In 2012 she was able to take the trip of her life with her sisters to Rome, France, Germany and Switzerland.

To say that “Grandma Marli” is proud of her family would be a gross understatement. She was committed to the family and made sure everyone knew of her support and love. Some of her last words were “My family is my greatest blessing”.

Her memories are of her five daughters: Deb (Robert) Jangula of Alexandria, SD, Dawn (Lyle) Lingemann of Ethan, SD, Kim (Roger) DeRouchey of Alexandria, SD, Kathy (Doug) Engbrecht of Madison, SD, and Renee (Tim ) Gullickson of Colman, SD; her grandchildren: Nicole (Griff) VanLeur and her children Leighton and Oakley, Luke (Terra) Lingemann and her children Emerson, Cruz and Dax, Tanner (Morgan) Engbrecht and her daughter Paisley, Mandy (Tayler) Anderson and her son Paxton, Chandler Gullickson, Austin Gullickson, Rich (Mae) DeRouchey and their son Robbie, Erica (Darin) Richards and their children Emmy and Rylee, and Tad (Sarah) DeRouchey. She is also survived by sisters Myrna Jensen and Virginia (Rich) Hillestad, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many, many dear friends.

Before Marlys, her parents died, husband Norman in 1998, brothers Kenneth (JoAnn) and Shirley (Arlene), sister Elaine (Mack) and brother-in-law Chris.

Marlys was a person of faith and lived a life of service to others. She will be missed but never forgotten. Bless her memory.

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