Mary "Babye" Voth

Published On: Nov 04 2012 05:42:37 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 04 2012 04:45:35 PM CST

Madison—Mary Grace (“Baybe,” “Peg”) Voth passed away on October 31, 2012, at Oakwood Village University Woods (West) in Madison. Mary was born on September 24, 1920, in Highland, Wisconsin, to Ignatius and Rose (Schneider) Minter. She graduated from Muscoda High School in 1938. Mary married Robert Voth in 1943. She worked for Sears for 28 years, starting in women’s fashion and retiring as the head of human resources at Sears West Towne.

Mary and Bob traveled to 49 of the 50 states. She loved boating and was active in the Four Lakes Yacht Club following her retirement. She also enjoyed knitting, stitching, playing cards, completing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, and ushering at the Children’s Theater of Madison. She especially enjoyed assisting her niece with her folk art ornaments at the annual Holiday Art Fair at the Civic Center.

For ten years, she delighted in volunteering at her grandnephew Brady’s elementary school, Elm Lawn, where she was affectionately known as “Aunt Babye.” She was a warm, kind, and endearing woman with a charming smile who always put other people first. In her later years, she enjoyed the friendship and compassion of her many friends at Saukdale and Oakwood.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings, Fred, Leroy, James, and Ruth. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and their children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OAKWOOD VILLAGE UNIVERSITY WOODS (WEST) RESURRECTION CHAPEL, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, with Monsignor Donald J. Heiar of St. Thomas Aquinas officiating. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at Resurrection Chapel. A private interment will follow.
Memorials may be sent to St. Thomas Aquinas, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, WI 53717, Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, and Oakwood Foundation, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705.Gunderson_Funeral

Mary greatly appreciated the warm care she received from the Oakwood staff of Tabor Oaks and Hebron Oaks, the staff of Agrace HospiceCare, and Dr. Kristen Steffen, UW Health.