Mary Alice (Diebold) Mayville
MADISON, Wis. — Mary Alice (Diebold) Mayville (AKA Mom and Grandma), age 87, of Madison, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at her home (just as she had wanted to, thank you very much). Mary was born on Aug. 4, 1929, in Madison, to Sylvester and Blanche (Tice) Diebold. According to her mother, she alone was the cause of the stock market crash two months later. Mary was always quite proud to share a birth month and day with the Queen Mother. According to recently unearthed documents, her first tooth appeared at 5 months. Mary was stubborn, had her mother’s unique sense of humor and her father’s penchant for keeping active. Thank goodness we inherited these traits as well, or she would not have believed we were hers… She loved cooking, crossword puzzles, chatting, and gardening. She grew up listening to her grandmother’s gossip about her family and various others, and enjoyed passing these stories along to her descendants. Mary was the nexus of extended family communication. Mary graduated from Madison West high school, although she did attend school in Worthington, Minn. for a year due to her disagreement with the curriculum at West.
When she was young, Mary worked as a babysitter for wealthy families on Madison’s west side, which of course led to some interesting stories of her own. Mary also worked for the state of Wisconsin, notably in the Department of Public Assistance, where she was quite adept at organizing and filing records. She met a man there named Bob Mayville who would always talk to her in the files section. He eventually asked her to go to a Christmas party with him, and she married him on October 6, 1962. Mary did not like social events or being the center of attention – her mother was worried she would not show up for her own wedding!
Mary is survived by three children, Robert, Jr., Mary Mayville, both of Madison and Anne Mayville of Nashville, TN.; three grandchildren, Jade, Cody, and Jasmine Schmitt; her brother, Bill (Shar) Diebold; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Mayville, Sr.; an infant daughter, Sarah Louise Mayville; and her parents. A special thanks to her longtime neighbors, who provided great friendship: Millie, Bev, Harold, Janet, Bob and Judy. Additional thanks go to: the drivers at Union Cab (especially Gonzo) who literally provided door-to-door service, the phlebotomists and lab staff at 20 S. Park, and Fatou.
Per Mary’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral. However, she probably would not be upset if you thought of her the next time you listened to “Amazing Grace” being played by a set of bagpipes, or Edelweiss from The Sound of Music. Inurnment will occur at Resurrection Cemetery.
One last story before she goes: she answered the phone and two hours later walked back into the living room. When asked “who was that?” she replied, “wrong number.” Mary’s frequent quote: “One day, a funeral director is going to hear laughter coming from the back of the hearse and get a real shock.” And, thus ends her life-long love affair with Kleenex ®. Online condolences may be made at.
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