Ione Wells McLane, 79, of Lakeville, passed away Monday, August 21, 2006. She was receiving hospice care for cancer. Funeral services were Thursday, August 24, 11 a.m. at Community of Christ in Apple Valley, with interment at Ft. Snelling Cemetery.
Ione was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Benson to Roy and Eva (Huntley) Wells. Their family included another daughter, Bonnie Lou. Ione attended country grade school near Lake Emily and graduated from high school at Hancock, as valedictorian of her class.
She was raised in the Christian faith, attending the Congregational church of Hancock and later became a member of the Methodist church in Richfield.
Ione was married in the Federated Church in Morris, on May 4, 1947, to Larry McLane of Renville. To this union one son, Roger, was born in Willmar. He preceded her in death in 1996, succumbing to Vietnam war injuries.
She worked in Morris for several businesses, including Home Builders. When the family moved to Minneapolis in 1955 she was a bookkeeper for advertising agencies. She was the office manager at Conroy Bros. Construction Co. for many years before her retirement in 1988.
Ione and Larry enjoyed spending summers at their lake homes in northern Minnesota. She was an avid fisherperson and gardener. They wintered for several years in Florida, where Ione enjoyed collecting sea shells and making ceramics.
They lived in Willmar for the past three years and moved last month to their new home in Lakeville. Ione was preceded in death by her parents and son Roger. She will be sadly missed by her husband Larry, sister Bonnie Lou (Don) Andrusick of Farmington, sister-in-law Virginia McLane of Fridley, aunt Bonnie Burnham of Hancock, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.