Ruth Hedlund, 92, of Williston, formerly of Wildrose, passed away at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2014.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Wildrose. Intern Pastor Kathi Nygaard will officiate and interment will follow in Wildrose Cemetery.
Ruth M. Hedlund was born June 30, 1921, at Richey, Mont., to Charles and Helga (Hoberg) Morey. When she was a child, Ruth’s family moved to Lansford, and then to Burlington, Hamlet, the state of Vermont and the state of Michigan. Her father managed grain elevators and also did some farming. In 1935, while living in Hamlet, their home burned to the ground and she said they made it out with only the clothes on their backs, losing all their personal belongings. It was after this tragedy that they moved to Michigan, where her father operated a small dairy and truck farm. Ruth graduated from high school in Springport, Mich., in 1939. She worked as a desk clerk at an Albion, Mich., hotel for a time.
Ruth must have left quite an impression on a young man named Emil Hedlund, from Hamlet, as he followed her to Michigan and on Nov. 7, 1942, they were married in Concord, Mich. They returned to North Dakota in 1943 and until Emil’s death in 2006 they were engaged in farming and raising cattle and sheep in the Hamlet area. From 1959 to 1961 the family also operated the Wildrose Cafe.
In 1980, they purchased a home in Wildrose and moved from the farm. After Emil’s passing in 2006, Ruth moved into The Kensington, an assisted living facility in Williston, and in 2012 she moved into Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home.
She was a member of Grong Lutheran Church of Hamlet and Grace Lutheran Church of Wildrose, where she was active in all aspects of her church. She had been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 55 years. Ruth was very active in many other organizations in the Wildrose and Hamlet areas including the Wildrose Senior Citizens, a sewing club and the Ladies Golf Club.
One year Ruth was honored at “A Salute to Moms,” sponsored by Bethel Lutheran Home, representing Grace Lutheran Church of Wildrose.
Ruth enjoyed life. She enjoyed reading and studying the Bible, her morning walks, coffee with her friends, a good round of golf, crocheting, solving a good crossword puzzle, gardening, playing cards, especially Hand and Foot which she played up until the last year of her life. But most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family. She was an excellent cook and baker and her specialties were her fried chicken, homemade buns and the many delicious desserts she shared with family and friends.
She is survived by: her son, Donald (Carolyn Haukedahl), of Williston, and her son, Robert (Doris Twete), of Minot. Ruth has six grandchildren, Pal Hedlund, of Bismarck, Shawn Landers, of Anchorage, Alaska, Christi (Tracy) Martel, of Glyndon, Minn., Galen (Staci) Hedlund, of Vestec, Czech Republic, Nicole Hedlund (Steve Sommers), of Sabin, Minn., and Julie (Joel) Karlson, of Nixa, Mo. She has 10 great-grandchildren, Destiny Hursh and Addam Poeppel, of Anchorage, Alaska, Arielle Poeppel, of West Carrollton, Ohio, Jordan, Jacob and Josie Karlson, of Nixa, Mo., Jana Hedlund, of Bath, England, Alex Hedlund, of Vestec, Czech Republic, Blake and Isaac Martel, of Glyndon, Minn. Ruth has five great-great-grandchildren, Curtis and Olivia Randle and Viviana Hursh, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jaryicoh and Aeyvin Poeppel, of West Carrollton, Ohio. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Alice Hedlund, of Williston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Helga; husband, Emil; sisters, Lois Butler and Pearl Morey, and brothers, Robert, Dale, Lyle and Harold Morey.
Friends may call at the Everson Funeral Home in Williston Friday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and at the church on Saturday, Feb. 8, for the hour preceding the funeral. Everyone is welcome to visit (www.eversonfh.com) to share memories of Ruth or leave condolences for her family.
The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.