Services for Edna Tebelius will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Harvey on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery, Harvey.
Edna P. Tebelius, 85, of Harvey, passed away Jan. 27, 2013, at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., with her three children by her side. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but leaves them with many great memories.
Edna was born March 16, 1927, in Harvey. She was the daughter of Helmer and Pearl (Holter) Smestad. Not one for slowing down, Edna graduated from Harvey High School in three years in 1944. She then attended Minot State Teachers College, where she obtained her teacher’s degree, where upon she started teaching in the rural schools around Harvey.
Edna married Ervin Tebelius on Aug. 17, 1948. Edna and her husband built Rugby Livestock Auction in 1960, which they sold in 1962. They purchased Harvey Livestock Auction in 1962 and operated the auction along with their farming operation until 1992. While assisting her husband with his business operations, Edna continued to teach in the rural schools around Harvey, including Manfred and Wellsburg. She also continued attending college and obtained her bachelor of arts degree from Minot State College in 1974. Upon graduating Edna taught first grade in Harvey for many years. After retiring from teaching to focus on the family business, she was elected to the Harvey School Board.
Edna was a longtime member of the Harvey Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Edna is survived by: daughter, Diane Tebelius, and her husband, Rob McCallum, of Seattle, Wash; sons, Dean Tebelius, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mark and his wife, Linda Tebelius, of Stillwater, Minn.; grandchildren, Brock Tebelius, of Maplewood, Minn., and Lindsay Tebelius, of Stillwater, Minn.; great-granddaughter, Sienna Tebelius, of Maplewood, Minn; sisters-in law, Mary (Dale) Smestad, of Bismarck, Doris (Lyle) Smestad, of Mesa, Ariz., Darlene (Tebelius) Morford, of Plato, Texas; and brother-in-law, Jack (Jane Tebelius) Hayes, of Denver, Colo.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin, on Aug. 23, 2011; her parents; brothers, Lyle Smestad and Dale Smestad; sister in-law, Jane (Tebelius) Hayes; and brother-in-law, Ken (Darlene) Morford.
Arrangements with Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey