Mary Lou Maloney

March 19, 2024

Mary Lou Maloney, 81, of Lewisville passed away peacefully on March 17, 2024, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in Saint James. A service will be held at Sturm Funeral Home, St. James Chapel, on Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m., with visitation from 10–11 a.m. The clergy will be the Rev. Lyla Klee. Mary will be laid to rest at Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont with a private service for the family at a later date.

Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Mary was born Oct. 8, 1942, in St. James to Morgan and Ruth (Morse) Nelson. She was the oldest of four children growing up with one brother and two sisters. She graduated from St. James High School in 1960. She wed Daryle Maloney in St. James on June 17, 1961, raising three children, farming alongside her husband, and blessed with 53 years of marriage until Daryle passed away in 2015.

Mary’s lifelong love of flowers was inspired while working in her parent’s greenhouse in Madelia. After many years of experience growing and arranging flowers, she became a master gardener in Watonwan County and enjoyed judging competitions. She had a talent for all things creative — knitting needles were never far from her hands. Mary’s strong faith and dedication to the United Methodist Church of St. James was unfailing. She was also very passionate about, and active with, the United Methodist Women and volunteered as a lay speaker. Her compassion and generous heart leaves many wonderful memories for family, friends and neighbors.

Mary is survived by eldest son, Scott Maloney and wife Sheila (Milbredt) of Lewisville, grandchildren Casey, Jason, Cleo (Gabe) and Mikala (Derick) Sieg and great-grandchildren Alek and Zander Sieg; son, Jeff Maloney and wife LeAnn (Stough) of Lewisville, grandchild Jordan (Kasey) and great-grandchildren (Taelynn and Gage), Austin, Jackson (Rachel) and Mason Maloney; daughter, Deb Maloney of Batavia, Ill.; sister, Jeannie Lind of Virginia; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Daryle; parents, Morgan and Ruth Nelson; brother, Martin (Sandy) Nelson of Madelia; and sister, Joanie (John) Woytasek of Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations or memorials can be made to Good Samaritan Society, St. James, Minn., or donor’s choice.