Mary Lou Gavin , Age 95

June 06, 1927 --March 26, 2023

Mary Lou Gavin, 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Mary, daughter of Raymond and Bernice (Manville) Milfred was born on June 6 1927, in Richland County, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Lone Rock High School, class of 1944. She was united in marriage to Harold Gavin on May 12, 1948.

Survivors include her daughter Jennifer (Joe) Guthrie; grandchildren, Jodi Guthrie, Eric Guthrie and great-grandchildren, Kane Mahoney, Sage Mahoney, Cyrus Mahoney, and Jordan Mahoney. In addition, she is survived by her sisters-in-law, Mary Milfred, Mary G. Gavin, Jean Kropp and other relatives and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Leon Milfred and sister Jeanne (Harold) Hurley.

Mary Lou was a creative, artistic sewer through the years who created many original pieces, from quilted Christmas tree skirts to miniature, articulated teddy bears. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter Jennifer to antique and folk-art shows in the Midwest and East Coast, often stopping to visit historic sites and museums along the way.

A memorial Mass officiated by Fr. Jay Poster will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo. Visitation will be prior to the Mass, beginning at 10AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mary Lou's name to St. Joseph Parish, the Sauk County Giving Tree, or the Baraboo Food Pantry.

Mary Lou's family and friends will fondly remember her quiet dignity and kindness.

Our deepest gratitude to the staffs at St. Clare Meadows, Meadow Ridge Assisted Living Facility, and Agrace.



Admirer BARABOO , Wisconsin

Our hugs, love and prayers are with you always ¡!¡

Joanne and John Ferraro March 31, 2023

neice The Villages, , Florida

Dear Jennifer, Joe and family, I was so sorry to hear about Mary Lou's passing. I have many fond memories of visiting Mary Lou with my Mom on our trips to Baraboo. We loved hearing about the trips Mary Lou took with you searching for new folk art. She was so talented! I have a miniature teddy bear and a larger one that she made. I gave the larger one to my daughter Annie when she was born.. She named the bear, Robbie, after her cousin. Anne loved that bear and now it sits in a place of honor on her bookcase in her living room. I'm sure you all have wonderful memories of your close relationship with Mary Lou that you will forever cherish. Thinking of you all, Love, Joanne Gavin Ferraro

Bruce Shivley March 31, 2023

Friend Naples , Florida

We will miss our dear friend Mary Lou and our special Sunday dinners we all shared each year at our Oxford home. May those special memories we all have help fill the void we're feeling today. May she rest in eternal peace.

Lois Geary April 01, 2023

Friend of Jennifer & Joe Wisconsin Dells , Wisconsin

Jennifer... I am so very sorry for your loss .... we are never truly prepared to say goodbye to our parents. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories to hold onto until you meet again.... hugs, my friend....

Jeff Sprecher April 01, 2023

friend of family baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry for you and your family. Dad enjoyed sitting with her at Meadow Ridge for meals.

Monica Littlegeorge April 25, 2023

Classmate of Jennifer Baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss, Jennifer! Glad you had many years of memories shared with her. I remember your mother as always being kind.