Mae Leona (Williams) Mikels was born on July 2, 1922 to Clyde Adelbert and Clementine “Tina” (Plambeck) Williams near Portsmouth, Iowa. Mae attended Hemlock country school. She worked for families in the area until she married Alfred Mikels on September 7, 1944 at the St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. The church had been hit by a tornado in 1940 and was not rebuilt yet. The couple farmed northwest of Portsmouth. Mae lived all of her life within five miles of where she was born.
Mae was a member of the St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the Hemlock Neighborhood Club. She has kept a diary for many years, she liked to talk on the phone, loved reading, watching westerns, Polka Joe’s show and other dance shows. She also loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right. She loved to cook and liked to share what she cooked. Most of all Mae enjoyed being with her family.
Mae died on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at her home at the age of 100 years, two months and one day.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al in 1988; son, Donnie and two brothers, Russell and Laverne Williams. She is survived by her five children, Ronald Mikels and his wife Patti of Kansas City, Missouri, Wayne Mikels and his wife Mary of Portsmouth, Iowa, Karla and her husband Jay Schaben of Dunlap, Iowa, Galen Mikels and his wife Kathy of Woodbine, Iowa and Brent Mikels and his wife Kelly of Woodbine, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Mikels of Portsmouth, Iowa and Delores Hicks of Manhattan Beach, California and many other relatives and friends.