Mildred Heikes, 86, Luverne, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Parkview Manor in Ellsworth.
A funeral was Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial followed at the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Mildred Baal was born March 27, 1930, in Nobles County, to Harvey and Etta (Lyons) Baal. She attended country school in Nobles County.
On Sept. 14, 1948, Mildred married Lawrence Heikes in Ellsworth. After their marriage, they farmed northeast of Ellsworth until 1955 when they began farming northeast of Luverne. They moved to a farm southeast of Magnolia in 1957, and in May of 1999 they moved to Luverne. Mildred helped on the farm and also was a cook at the Magnolia Steak House.
She was a member of the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth from 1948 to 1992, when she transferred membership to the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. She was a member of the Luverne Senior Citizens Center where she served on the board. She enjoyed gardening and helping on the farm.
Mildred is survived by three children, Karen (Joe) Loosbrock, Magnolia; Larry (Aloyse) Heikes, Ellsworth; Lyle Heikes, St. Paul; six grandchildren; ten great- grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; sister, Lois Stahl, Sibley, Iowa; and a stepsister, Ruth (Ervis) Schilling, Adrian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Lawrence.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.