MaryAlice Scheflow

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Scheflow, MaryAlice

If you listen, there are a few less stories being told. MaryAlice Scheflow, age 86, possibly the first true social medium, passed away on Feb. 7, 2017 with her daughters Lynn, Tibi and Alice Kenny at her bedside.

MaryAlice loved talking, celebrating & when needed, sympathizing with anyone who was sharing their tale. Her fascination in the experiences of others most likely started shortly after her birth in Rockford, IL to Leroy and Alice Foss, and where she created many tales with her older brother Addison. Her family summered at Lake Geneva, WI, where her relationship started with Oliver, her husband for 65 years who passed away in August. They raised a family in Michigan and Ohio, as Ollie was a mechanical engineer contributing to our nation's "race to space." Regardless of their residency, MaryAlice was always active in both charitable causes and bridge groups. This remained true when they retired in 1991 to New Mexico where she enjoyed being known as "MaryAlice from Corrales." Just as in their other locales, they developed a rich group of friends of all generations. Indeed, many peers of her daughters considered MaryAl to have played an integral role in their upbringings. In addition to the loss this vast group that now resides across our nation surely feels, the storyteller â€"who was otherwise known lovingly as Gran â€" will be missed by Corrigan & Atticus Kenny, her grandsons. Their father Jim began serving as a sounding board to MaryAlice when he was age 15; he soon became a character in many of the stories told at her kitchen table on Glenview Drive in Avon Lake, OH. The quiet from MaryAlice's absence won't last long when her family & friends celebrate her life through storytelling when gathering at Corrales' Village Pizza (4266 Corrales Rd.) this Sun., Feb. 12, 12-4 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to .

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2017
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