HOUSTON, MN - Illa Mae Sweet, 90, of Houston, MN died on Friday, December 16, 2016, at the Gundersen Tweeten Care Center in Spring Grove, MN.
Illa was born on May 31, 1926, in Money Creek, MN to James and Pearly (Ullan) Corey. She was raised at Money Creek where she attended country school. She was a 1944 graduate of Houston High School. Illa married James "Kenny" Botcher. They were later divorced. She married Lyle "Pete" Sweet in 1947. Lyle died in 1968. Illa worked at the Valley View Nursing Home, Houston Library, and Ace Telephone. She was a member of the Houston Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern Star. In her spare time, Illa enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, flea markets, rummage sales, gardening, reading, and drinking her morning coffee - all day.
She is survived by three sons: Jeff (Penny) Botcher of Oconomowoc, WI, Doug (Marie) Botcher of Rushford, MN, and Andy (Cynthia) Sweet of Houston; six grandchildren: Chris, Shannon, Peter, Nicole, James, and Anna; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and by a sister, Glenis Loken of Houston.
Illa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Pete; a son, Thomas Sweet; a great-grandson, Clynton Christensen; and three sisters: Bernice Forsyth and her husband, Herman; Betty Thorson and her husband, Ole; Janet Johnston and her husband, Clifton, and brother-in-law, James Loken who was Glenis' husband.
There will be a memorial service for Illa at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Money Creek United Methodist Church in Money Creek, MN. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Money Creek Cemetery.
Illa's family prefers memorials to be directed to the Houston Library or to the Valley View Nursing Home in Houston.
Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Houston is assisting the family with arrangements.
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