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Mary Alice "Nana" Laprath Egge
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1889
Pierce County
Nebraska, USA
Death: May 28, 1951
King County
Washington, USA

Maria Elise, known as Mary Alice, was born on the Nebraska prairie in a sod hut, near Osmond on October 22, 1889, the first child of Mathais and Anna Haba Laprath. Her mother had just turned 15. By the age of thirteen her family had moved to Elma, Washington. There she met a young Norwegian named Gustave Egge. He was six years older than she. They married in Elma on June 30, 1906. Mary Alice would have been sixteen. She and Gus had five children all born in Elma. The first three were daughters, Ruth, Ella, and Norma, and then after ten years of marriage, twin boys were born, Robert and Richard. The family moved to Seattle and lived at 7450 Corliss Avenue in Greenlake. Gus became an engineer for the Carnation Company in Seattle and the family thrived.

The house on Corliss was always alive with people. They had many family visitors and sometimes took in student boarders. Mary was a great cook and often made her own noodles. The two most pleasant meals I remember as a child in my grandmothers house were pot roast and chicken dumplings. She had thick arms and wore her hair in a bun. She was use to hard work like all Laprath women. Mary became known as Nana to her grandchildren. Like the order of the original children first came five granddaughters then four grandsons follows by then seven more grandchildren. Nana lived to see all but three. She lived to see four great grandchildren and the union would produce 40 in all. Annual Christmas Eve parties were an occasion for large gatherings of family and friends.

Nana died at the age of 61. She had had high blood pressure most of her life. It was in the Spring and the first death I remember as a child. Barbara and Ruth Marie, her granddaughters, remember being in the kitchen during her illness at the end. A salesman from Washeli Cemetery happened to drop by and when Nana heard who was there, yelled out, "I will not be buried there with all those tomestones." Nana was buried at Acacia overlooking the north end of Lake Washington according to her wishes. 
Family links: 
  Mathias Laprath (1856 - 1927)
  Anna Marie Haba Laprath (1874 - 1967)
  Gustave Adolph Olaussen Egge (1883 - 1952)*
  Ruth Inger Egge Bennett (1907 - 1997)*
  Ella Nora Egge Ritchie (1908 - 1989)*
  Norma Edith Egge Christiansen (1910 - 1981)*
  Richard Dexter Egge (1915 - 2012)*
  Robert Kenneth Egge (1915 - 2001)*
  Mary Alice Laprath Egge (1889 - 1951)
  Henry William LaPrath (1891 - 1973)*
  Ella Nora LaPrath (1897 - 1968)*
  Louise Anna LaPrath Brown (1899 - 1977)*
  Pauline M. LaPrath Morrison (1902 - 1962)*
  Mathias Harry LaPrath (1904 - 1963)*
  Gustav Eugene LaPrath (1907 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: wife of Gustave Adolph Egge
Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Lake Forest Park
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Rhododendron Section: Lot 116, space D1
Created by: Jon Egge
Record added: Nov 27, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16812907
Mary Alice Nana <i>Laprath</i> Egge
Added by: Jon Egge
Mary Alice Nana <i>Laprath</i> Egge
Added by: Jon Egge
Mary Alice Nana <i>Laprath</i> Egge
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 Added: Dec. 14, 2008
MARIA ELISE 'NANA'5 LAPRATH (MATHIAS 'MATT'4, HANS3, ANDREAS ADAM2, ANDREAS ADAM1) was born October 22, 1889 in near Osmond, Pierce Co., NE, and died May 28, 1951 in Seattle, King Co., WA. She married GUSTAV ADOLPH OLAUSSEN EGGE June 30, 1906 in Elma, C...(Read more)
- Jon Egge
 Added: Nov. 27, 2006

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