Margaret Ann "Maggie" Lien, 74, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Kasson.

Margaret Ann Lien was born Oct. 5, 1938, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, to Lester and Maxine (Smalley) Lien. Except for a few years in Rochester, she lived her entire life in Kasson. She attended school in Kasson and graduated from Kasson High School in 1956. She then attended Rochester Junior College. She was employed by Mayo Clinic in Rochester until her retirement 48 years later. She began in the General Service Dept. and later transferred to the ECG Lab, becoming assistant supervisor.

She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years. She was also a member of the Argent Society, Degree of Honor, Kasson American Legion Auxiliary, Dodge County Historical Society, Kasson Alliance Restoration (preservation of the 1918 Kasson School), and NRA. She deeply cared about her community. She was a proud Republican who believed in working hard and paying your own way. She helped with delivery of Meals on Wheels. She was a volunteer for Dodge County Faith in Action which provides support and assistance to people with challenges to independence. She was baptized and was a lifelong active member of the Kasson United Methodist Church. The last activity that she was engaged in was helping with a pancake supper at her church.

Although she never married, she had a large "family." Her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and friends' children were doted on as if they were her own grandchildren. She delighted in sending letters, jokes, pictures, recipes, newspaper articles and presents to people. She let you know that you were in her thoughts. She always had a positive attitude, could talk to anybody, loved to have fun and was fun to be around. She loved to cook, especially soup, which she would give away to her friends and family. How we will miss her laugh and impish smile!

How can we honor her memory? Live without fear, love unconditionally, and laugh at yourself and life's funny moments. Blessed be her memory.

She was survived by her brother, David "Butch" (Bonnie), of Kasson; sister-in-law, Shirley Derby Lien, of rural West Concord; nieces, Stephanie (Grant) Thorne, of Eudora, Kan., Kim Westphal, of Chatfield, and Joyce (Kevin) Borgen, of Chatfield; and nephews, Chris Lien (and special friend, Bev), of Oronoco, Mark (Paulette) Lien, of Chatfield, and Thor Lien (and special friend, Gerry), of Burnsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Lester "Denne" Lien, grand-nephew, Anthony Palmer Lien, and grand-niece, Amber Jean Lien.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at United Methodist Church, (801 Fifth Ave. N.W.) in Kasson, with the Rev. Karen Seavey officiating. Internment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Kasson United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.

Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

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