Mavis Carriker - June 30, 2013Mavis Carriker, 89, of Grand Island, formerly of Aurora, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Tiffany Square.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 3 at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Mavis Jean Carriker, the daughter of Harley and Florence Olive (Moger) Warner, was born at Inland, Nebraska on July 18, 1923 and passed away in Grand Island, Nebraska on June 30, 2013, at the age of 89.
She attended school in Harvard before her family moved to Circle, Montana. Her father went to work in California and they lived there for several years before moving to Kalispell, Mont., where Mavis attended high school. When Mavis lived in Oregon she worked at the shipyards as a certified welder and riveter. She worked on many ships used during WWII. Her family then returned to Nebraska so her father could farm near Harvard.
On Jan. 17, 1947 she was united in marriage to Wayne Carriker at the United Methodist Church in Harvard. They lived northwest of Harvard for a time and later moved to a farm near Giltner. They had four children. Mavis took art classes for several years, in addition to raising the family. She was a hardworking farmer’s wife.
Mavis was a member of the United Methodist Church and women’s groups in Aurora and Giltner. Wayne and Mavis were members of the choir in Giltner for 50 years and the Aurora choir for more than 20 years. She was a very artistic person. She was a talented painter and enjoyed doing sketches of people and murals. Mavis was a wonderful seamstress, sewing for all of her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters and a great-granddaughter.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Wayne of Grand Island; four children, David (Nancy) Carriker of Kennwick, Wash., Bonna (Edwin) Wedige Tech of Grand Island, Geraldine (Roger) Russ of Polk and Shirley (Jim) Foged Meers of Roseland; 15 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and a sister, Mary Lou Warner of Lebanon, Ohio.