May 24, 2013


Lillian Maye Paysen, 94, of Wall Lake, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake, where she had been a resident for almost six years.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wall Lake, with Carl Lee, CLP, officiating. Burial will be at Wall Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Wall Lake.

Lillian Maye (Offenhauser) Paysen, was born July 6, 1918, in Dallas Center, Iowa, to Harry and Sadie (Herr) Offenhauser. She was the oldest of three children. A sister, Dorothy and brother, Harry, Jr. (Buddy) later joined the family. Maye graduated from Dallas Center High School in 1937. She went on to study at Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa and received her elementary teaching certificate in June 1939. In the fall of 1939, she taught at a rural country school near Wall Lake. In 1941, she began teaching at Wall Lake Community Elementary School. While teaching she continued her education and received a bachelor of science degree in education in 1970 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She taught at Wall Lake Community Schools for 44 years at the elementary level and was a Title I special reading teacher at the time of her retirement in 1985.

On Aug. 3, 1941, she married Lloyd O. Paysen, in Moberly, Mo. They made their home in Wall Lake. They were proud parents of three sons: William (Bill), Dennis and Bruce. While raising her family, Maye continued to teach school and Lloyd worked at National Oats Popcorn Plant. Their lives were kept busy attending the boys' activities and sporting events.

Maye was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Over the years, she taught Sunday school and Bible school, was choir member and held several offices in the church. She also was very active in education. She served as president of the Tri County Reading Council and was a member of the International Reading Association. She was also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Alpha Chi Omega Mu professional sororities. Maye served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary and was honored as a 50-year member. She served on the Wall Lake Public Library Board for 20 years.

In retirement, she enjoyed needlework, reading and playing bridge, and she loved to write stories, especially poems. She was proud of her accomplishment of embroidering a bedspread for each of her sons and crocheting afghans for each of her grandsons. She enjoyed watching NASCAR racing. She was proud of her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to attend their activities.

Maye is survived by her three sons: William (Sue) of Kearney, Neb.; Dennis (Pat) of Wall Lake; and Bruce (Roberta) of Wall Lake; four grandsons: Marvin of Oswego, Ill., Jason of Wall Lake, Cory (Ledah) of Ames and Chad (Amy) of Kearney, Neb.; eight great-grandchildren: Riley, Clayton, Courtney, Lindzey, Jake, Ty, Joe and Olivia Paysen; her sister, Dorothy Rees of Evans, Colo.; sisters-in-law: Melba Auen of Wall Lake and Verna Sandbeck of Waseca, Minn.; several nieces and nephews and extended family members.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd in 1997; her parents; her brother Buddy; and most recently by her granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Paysen.