DeLoris Maurine Tew
DeLoris Maurine (Anderson) Tew, 86, passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on April 13, 2020 at Pioneer Nursing Home in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. She was born at home on April 18, 1933 to Ray & Marie (Nelson) Anderson in Cumberland, WI. She was the youngest of four kids. She graduated in 1951 from Cumberland School. After graduation, she moved to St. Paul where she took care of her nephew Gary and niece Karen for the summer. She worked at Montgomery Wards, Gould National Battery Corporation, and the Great Northern Railroad.
DeLoris was introduced to Gordon (“Gordy”) Tew by his niece, Delores Radman. They were married on November 23, 1953. They bought some land in Lake Elmo, next to his niece, where they built a house and garage. While living there, they had three children, two sons – Ron and Bruce and daughter Linda. In 1958, they moved to a farm in Roberts, WI and had a fourth child, daughter Connie. The farm consisted of two cows, a horse, kitties, a dog, and chickens. During the summer, DeLoris helped put crops in, baled hay with an old John Deere wire tied baler, planted a garden, canned many goodies, delivered the St. Paul Pioneer Press daily paper with all the kids in tow. On Sundays, she would take one route and one of the boys to deliver the Pioneer Press paper in the wee hours of the morning and Gordy would take the other 3 kids with him to deliver the other route, so they could be done by 7am. They delivered the Sunday paper for four years.
In 1970, they moved to a bigger farm in Clayton with more cows and crops. Gordy was injured in a farm accident in 1971 and was laid up for the summer. DeLoris took over the farm work along with taking him back‐and‐forth to Regions Hospital for appointments. They quit farming in 1984 and DeLoris went to work for Hartzell’s in Turtle Lake and then worked at Miracle Ear fixing hearing aids until the plant closed. She then went to work for Polaris in St Croix Falls in the sewing department until she retired in 2005. She proved she could do anything she put her mind to and was a very hard worker.
For many years, DeLoris and Gordy would spend weekends at the Pea Pickin’ Flea Market in St. Croix Falls selling treasures, tools and her Russian Punch embroidery supplies. She loved going to auctions, garage sales, craft sales, quilt shops, and dancing at Brennaman’s on Saturdays. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing cards, planting flowers, the Packers of course, taking pictures and visiting with family and friends. Cardinals were her favorite bird and she loved all the animals she had in her life, especially her kitty Buster.
She did craft shows with her daughter Linda for over 30 years. She enjoyed everything about them – setting up displays, selling her crafts, talking to customers, and making more items for the next show. Her specialty items were sewed table runners, crotched baby dolls and anything related to birds.
DeLoris was proud to call herself a “Tough Dane” and she proved it time and time again over her lifetime. She had a Mission style chair she always sat in when she got mad and it became known as the “Maddy” chair. Her daughter Linda has that chair to this day. Her smile and spunk will be greatly missed.
DeLoris is preceded in death by her parents Ray & Marie, husband Gordy who passed away in 2010, brothers Lynn & Florin, and sister Lois. She is survived by her four children, Ron (Julie) Tew, Almena; Bruce (Julie) Tew, Amery; Linda (Dave) Wildt, Clayton; and Connie (Dave) Christenson, Amery. She is also survived by her sister‐in‐law Cherry Dodds of Plano, TX and sister-in-law Marguerite Anderson of Cumberland,WI. She had 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the Mayo Hospice team for the compassion and care they provided DeLoris, the great staff at Pioneer Nursing Home, and friends and extended family for their love and care particularly over the past five years when she was battling Alzheimer’s. Through it all, she always had a smile on her face.
Scheuermann Funeral Home in Clear Lake is handling arrangements. A private burial will be held at a later date.
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