Mary E. Erickson, 90, of Crystal, died Oct. 21, 2023.

Mary was born in Chicago on May 13, 1933, and moved with her family to St. Paul when she was young. As a teenager, she played softball and basketball in city leagues. Her neighborhood softball team in south St. Anthony won the St. Paul All-City Championship in 1949. She graduated from Murray High School.

Mary was also a gifted artist; she and her husband Robert spent many hours creating wood carvings, with Robert carving and Mary painting. They enjoyed travelling to art fairs and won numerous awards for their carvings. Mary loved the outdoors; camping, sailing, skiing with her family and tending her garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Robert, and her oldest son, Carl. She is survived by her children Barbara, James, Stephen, Dawn and Curtis: 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Interment was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to the Salvation Army or Bethel University.

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