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Fred Martin Mahoney

February 18, 1925 — March 1, 2015

EDINBURG — Fred Martin Mahoney passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the age of 90. Fred was born on February 18, 1925 in Drayton, North Dakota to Fred and Minnie Mahoney. He married Hazel Baska on January 24, 1948 and they had five daughters. Fred and Hazel resided and farmed in Drayton, ND and upon retirement moved to Edinburg, Texas where they had enjoyed many winters.

Fred was a WWII Veteran with the United States Navy. After serving his country he returned to Drayton and began farming. He contracted polio in 1949, but never let it affect his positive outlook on life. He and Hazel loved to travel and spend time with their family and friends. The life lessons Fred taught his daughters, even in his final days, will continue to guide their lives. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Fred is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Hazel, his parents, and his sisters Sylvia and Ruth. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Winn Mahoney, Mary (Jerry) Elhard, Bev (Jeff) Johnson, Kelly (Mark) Carlson, and Chris (Todd) Rierson, his 20 grandchildren, Jeff Christenson, Heather (Kelly) Christenson, Andi (John) Olson, Travis Christenson, Adora (Ramon) Padilla, Kara (Aaron) Heitke, Justin Pusey, Melina (Eli) Champion, Kelcie (Randall) Elhard-Rydl, Erika (Chad) Kinney, Patrick (Angie) Lerud, Liz (DJ) Arsenault, Suzanne (Richard) Aranda, Samantha (Benjamin) Stevens, Ryan Carlson, Sean Mahoney (Jackie) Carlson, Eric Carlson, Andrew (Edith) Richards, Kevin (Amanda) Richards, and Madelyn Rierson, 26 great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Katarina, Sean and Lucas Christenson, Noelle and Nicholas Olson, Ana and Kindred Christenson, Adria, Harper, and Summer Padilla, Alexandra and Arriana Heitke, Sophia Champion, Kirsten, Meagan, and Kailey Kinney, Laila and Dane Arsenault, Olivia Aranda, Emma Stevens, Michael Cavazos, Kadyn Richards, Rafael Davila, and Dylan and Caleb Richards, a niece, Bonnie (Wayde) Erickson, and a nephew, Richard (Sandy) Erickson.

A special thanks to Fred’s many devoted friends who showed him such kindness and love, his care givers Josie Moctezuma, Andrew Richards, and Ryan Carlson, and Dr. Alberto Gutierrez.

There will be a boat procession followed by a private family celebration of Fred’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Edinburg First United Methodist Church, PO Box 25, Edinburg, TX 78539, or Drayton First United Methodist Church, PO Box 327, Drayton, North Dakota 58225. Funeral Services have been entrusted to Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg.

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