Mary “Marlys” Paulsen

Mary “Marlys” Paulsen


June 22, 1936 - November 21, 2022


Mary “Marlys” Paulsen, 86, of Ethan, SD, went to her heavenly home Monday, November 21, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 28 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria, SD with Father Bob Krantz officiating. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-3:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Mary "Marlys" (Seas) Paulsen was born on June 22, 1936 in Hendricks, MN to Carl and Blanche (Murphy) Seas. She attended school in White, SD and graduated in 1954.  She attended South Dakota Beauty Academy and with a friend bought a beauty shop in Milbank, SD that they named “M and M Beauty Shop”.  She was a hair stylist throughout her life and was still cutting hair in the last month of her life.  She met her future husband Norman Paulsen at a dance hall called “Tunerville” by Clear Lake and they were married April 4, 1959 in White. They continued their love of dancing throughout their marriage.

Faith played a major role in Marlys’s life. Throughout her 86 years she was a devoted and faithful servant of God.  Marlys was known for her excellent baking. She made more pies than anyone can count during her employment at Randalls/Coborns and took great pride in her skills.  In 2014, her good friend Janice Feiner nominated her for a pie contest sponsored by the local newspaper; as no surprise to her family, she won and the paper dubbed her “The Lord of the Pies”!  Marlys donated pies for many fundraisers and each year took homemade rolls to the teachers in Ethan.

Marlys was a skilled bridge player and relished the time she spent playing with her friends each week.  She also was a sports fanatic, and followed the Ethan Rustlers, the BEE Seahawks, and the Minnesota Twins.   When choosing her assisted living center, one of her concerns regarded the TV stations she could access because she didn’t want to miss any sporting events or her Hallmark movies!  Marlys had a wide circle of friends and they loved to go on bus trips to area casinos.   She was able to make a trip of a lifetime in 2012 with her sisters to Rome, France, Germany and Switzerland. 

To say “Grandma Marli” was proud of her family would be a tremendous understatement.   She was committed to family, making sure they all knew of her support and love.  Some of her last words were “my family is my greatest blessing”.    

Those left to cherish her memories are her five daughters: Deb (Robert) Jangula of Alexandria, SD, Dawn (Lyle) Lingemann of Ethan, SD, Kim (Roger) DeRouchey of Alexandria, SD, Kathy (Doug) Engbrecht of Madison, SD and Renee (Tim) Gullickson of Colman, SD; her grandchildren: Nicole (Griff) VanLeur and their children Leighton and Oakley, Luke (Terra) Lingemann and their children Emerson, Cruz and Dax, Tanner (Morgan) Engbrecht and their daughter Paisley, Mandy (Tayler) Anderson and their son Paxton, Chandler Gullickson, Austin Gullickson, Rich (Mae) DeRouchey and their son Robbie, Erica (Darin) Richards and their children Emmy and Rylee, and Tad (Sarah) DeRouchey. She is also survived by her sisters Myrna Jensen and Virginia (Rich) Hillestad, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many, many dear friends.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Norman in 1998, her brothers Kenneth (JoAnn) and Shirley (Arlene), her sister Elaine (Mack) and her brother-in-law Chris. 

Marlys was a person of faith and lived a life serving others. She will be missed but never forgotten.  Blessed be her memory.


Sunday, November 27, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, November 28, 2022
10:30 AM
St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
220 5th St
Alexandria, SD 57311


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Janette Adams on December 1, 2022
So sorry to learn of your mom passing. My thoughts are with you
Posted by Paula Abeln on November 28, 2022
Sincere Sympathy to the entire family blessed to call her Mom! RIP dear friend! Until we meet again! ❤️
Posted by John Erpenbach on November 28, 2022
Sorry to hear of the passing of Marlys; always friendly and helpful; a VERY good friend of my mother who always spoke highly of her;
Posted by Lucio N. Margallo 11MD and Claudette on November 26, 2022
Extending our Love, Deepest Sympathy and Condolences. RIP Madam Marlys. You are a great wonderful friend and Best World Pie Maker.
Posted by Mark and Janelle McMahon on November 25, 2022
We have lost one of the most wonder ladies I have ever had the privilege to work with and call my friend. Marlys shared her time and talents with so many people. She put many a smile on faces with her wonder smiles and great humor . To Deb,Kim, Dawn,Kathy,Renee, thank you for sharing you Mom with all of us for so many years. Love to all. I will never forger her.
Posted by Charolette Peterson on November 25, 2022
So sorry for your loss! Sending prayers for all family and friends!
Posted by Larry & Dorothy Weigandt on November 24, 2022
We are so sorry for your Loss. Marlys was such a personable and thoughtful person who always wore a sweet smile. All of Us Teachers enjoyed her delicious caramel rolls on Teacher Appreciation Day. Sending prayers to your Family.
Posted by Jan Weisser on November 23, 2022
Sorry about your mother. May God be with You.
Posted by Jeanie Grosz on November 23, 2022
The nicest and funny lady ever, she worked at Coborns when I new her. My sincere sympathy to her family.
Posted by Peggy D Kowall on November 23, 2022
My prayers to you girls. Your Mom was one of the nicest ladies I had the pleasure of knowing.
Posted by Rick Beardsley on November 23, 2022
Sorry to hear of Marlys passing, she was a very sweet lady, I worked at Randall Foods with Marlys. May the Lord guide the family in this time of grief
Posted by Shelly Barnhart on November 22, 2022
Marlys was a very nice lady. I worked with her at coborns and she cut my hair a couple times. She will be deeply missed by her family and her friends. Rest in peace my my friend. Prayers for the family
Posted by Alice Mentele on November 22, 2022
What a beautiful picture of a beautiful soul. She was always so kind, gentle, and friendly. God bless her family,
Posted by Carol GrodeHanks on November 22, 2022
So sad to hear about Marlys- she was such a beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs.
Posted by Trudy Kirchhevel on November 22, 2022
So sorry to hear of the loss of Marlys. I loved going over to her house when I was little with my Grandma to get her hair fixed and prayed she had made fresh doughnuts that morning... I loved seeing her at ballgames and chatting with her.. Heaven received a beautiful angel!
Posted by Marge Wagner on November 22, 2022
Marty's was a wonderful lady she will be missed by everyone who knew her you have my sympathy and prayers
Posted by Jenelle Erickson on November 22, 2022
The world just lost one of the most kindest ladies you could ever meet. She knew how to be a great friend. My deepest sympathy to all you girls and your families. God got a really good one that will be missed by all.
Posted by Elwin Hohn on November 22, 2022
My deepest sympathy to all the families of Mary, Mary was such a kind and loving lady, she will truly be missed, may God give you strength at this difficult time.
Posted by Rose Nesheim on November 22, 2022
Sorry to hear about your loss. She was one special lady.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on November 21, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Marlys. She was quite the lady. Loved her spirit, we haven’t seen her for awhile, but always enjoyed the visit when we did. May God keep you all in His love and care , today and the days to come. Prayers.
Posted by Pam and ken Pollreisz on November 21, 2022
So sorry to hear about Marlys' passing. She was such a great neighbor, friend and hair dresser. Always had a heart of gold and would be the first to offer help if needed. She will be missed by many, cherish all of your memories, because I know we will.
Posted by Deb Wilson on November 21, 2022
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. May your memories help at this time of loss.
Posted by camille Davies on November 21, 2022
So very sad to hear of the loss of Marlys! What a beautiful lady! And the best pie baker ever! The world will be less bright without her in it! Prayers and sympathy to her wonderful family!
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