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Elizabeth Clements


Elizabeth Clements

Born: Mon., Apr. 11, 1932

Died: Thu., Sep. 22, 2016


1:00 PM Mon., Sep. 26, 2016

Location: S. Lake Fire and Community Center

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Tue., Sep. 27, 2016

Location: S. Lake Fire and Community Center

Elizabeth Clements, "Mabaanookwe" which means "Lady Who Is Going", age 84, of Saint Paul, Minnesota went home on September 22, 2016 from Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, MN. She was born on April 11, 1932 in Alvwood Township, Itasca County, MN, the daughter of Oliver and Anna (Davis) Fairbanks.

Elizabeth was a selfless and brilliant woman who was admired by many people. She spent countless hours volunteering with the Catholic Charities Organization over the course of 32 years, which earned her the Volunteer of the Year Award. She was a member of the Salvation Army Women's Corps, and in her spare time she worked full time for the Gillett Company working her way into management and retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. Elizabeth loved working with community members for pertinent social issues. A few that were near and dear to her heart were the homeless and elder population. She helped anyone who was in need. Elizabeth enjoyed cooking delicious meals for her family and friends, she really liked a good piece of fry bread and a good batch of wild rice. She loved a good crossword puzzle, her favorite being the New York Times Sunday crossword, which she would finish in about 45 minutes and always in pen. She also spent a lot of time at her local senior center playing in scrabble tournaments. Elizabeth's legacy will be her selfless service to others and her undying faith in God.

She is welcomed home by her parents; Oliver and Anna, her son; Steven Wayne Heyer, sisters; Alice Mae Fairbanks and Dora Washington, brother; Eddy Fairbanks, many other relatives and friends.

Elizabeth leaves behind her son; Douglas (Vadera) Heyer, Jr. of St. Paul, brother; Harold (Marlys) Fairbanks of St. Paul, sister; Delores Fairbanks of Cass Lake, special nephews; Branden Fairbanks of Cass Lake and Trevor Larson of Park Rapids, grandsons; Steve, Jr., Brian and Jeff, special great granddaughter; Dallas, nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to mention.

An overnight wake for Elizabeth will begin at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 26th and continue until her 4:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, September 27th all being held at the Squaw Lake Fire Hall in Squaw Lake. Pastor Mark R. Olson will officiate. Honorary pallbearers for Elizabeth will be all of her family and her friends at the Downtowner AA Group, the Midway AA Club, Catholic Charities Organization and the Salvation Army Women Corps. At Elizabeth's request, and in her continuous selfless service to others, her body will be donated to the University of Minnesota and the Lion's Club for the advancement of science.

Elizabeth's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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