Violet “Maureen” Davie Krause, 77, passed away January 1, 2023, Fort Pierce, Florida, where she had been a resident since 1971. Maureen was born, August 16, 1945, in Bexley, Kent, England, United Kingdom to Scottish parents displaced during World War II. Maureen was married to Joseph John Krause, Jr., on September 11, 1965, in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Prior to settling in Fort Pierce in 1971, she traveled the world with her parents and later her husband, growing up in Raneegunge, West Bengal, India, where she attended school at Loreto Convent in Darjeeling, and met Sir Edmond Hillary and his Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She learned to speak Hindustani as her first language and retained words and songs from this experience throughout her life. As a teenager, she lived in Lima, Peru, where she learned to speak fluent colloquial Spanish, a skill she used throughout her business relationships and friendships.
She also lived in New York City, New York, and in Beloit, Wisconsin, where she went to high school and met her husband, “Joey” as she affectionately called him. She attended college at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and Beauty School in Janesville, Wisconsin.
After marriage in 1965, they traveled as a couple with the family business in the paper industry, living in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Hershey, Pennsylvania; Wiggins, Mississippi; and Holyoke, Massachusetts. In 1968 she, along with her husband, brother, and parents, moved to Singapore in support of the construction of a large paper mill project.
After having her first child in Singapore, she returned to Fort Pierce in 1971, where they had honeymooned in 1965, and remained there the rest of her life providing stability, and a place to call “home” for her children. Maureen owned and operated Krause’s Coin Laundry in Fort Pierce for 33 years, with locations on U.S.1, Okeechobee Road, and South Beach.
Her number one hobby and special interest was, first, and foremost, her children, grandchildren and their mates, her family, friends that became family and extended family; then her church, and service organizations. She loved to bake becoming world-renowned for the huge outpouring of support for friends and family, but also supported military deployed members throughout the world with boxes of homemade cookies.
She also loved to knit, providing hand-knitted baby blankets to friends and family at a time when this art has been all but lost. Receiving a hand-knitted baby blanket from Maureen meant you were in receipt of a life-long treasure!
Maureen was a beloved member of many organizations including the First United Methodist Church, Fort Pierce, FL, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher; Youth Group Leader; United Methodist Women member and officer; Chairman of the Church Bazaar; and Church Office Volunteer. She was an alumnus of the Alpha Psi Service Sorority chapter. She supported the Special Olympics with Bobbie’s Clowns; and was a Pilot Club International member,; St. Lucie County School Volunteer,; and Lions Club International Exchange Student Host.
She was a friend to everyone and anyone, informal counselor and mentor, party house or “no problem house” destination, and chauffer for all things kids. She was famous for pulling together a dinner on a moment’s notice so that company could be welcomed. She hosted folks that had nobody else to eat with, customers that became family, friends whose families may be broken and needed a stable environment, and anyone else that needed to be loved.
She was the embodiment of 1 Corinthians 13: Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. We know her love lives on in all of us by the example she set for us!
Maureen will be forever missed by her beloved family; daughters, Candice (Donald) Krause Porter, of Jacksonville, FL, Lisa (Steven) Krause Helseth of Fort Pierce, FL, her devoted grandchildren, Kevin Dean (Janelle) Helseth of Fort Pierce, FL, Lindsay Elizabeth Helseth, of Fort Pierce, FL, as well as sister, Kathleen Margaret (Gregg) Davie Hoge of Venice, FL, and nephews, Carl and Robert Hoge, and their children, her great nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her beloved husband, Joey in 2011; her parents, Robert and Maybelle Davie in 2007 and her brother, Robert Davie in 1999.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First United Methodist Church, 616 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 in honor of Maureen Krause.
On Saturday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m. there will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony in honor of Maureen Krause at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Pierce, FL, located at 616 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL. A reception will follow in Centennial Hall.