Myrtle A. LimaMyrtle A. Helland was born January 3, 1923, on the family farm near Binford, ND, to Hjalmer and Julia (Gilbertson) Helland. When Myrtle was a young girl, the family moved to Hannaford, ND. She worked as a housekeeper for families in Hannaford and Fargo, ND.
Myrtle married Jacob D. Lima on August 8, 1942, in Valley City, ND, and they made their home on his family farm in the Cooperstown area. They moved to Fargo in 1947, where she raised her family. Myrtle managed the lunch counter at Edgewood Golf Course, Fargo, in the 1960s, and later worked at JC Penney in downtown Fargo.