FARGO — After a much-loved homeowner from Arthur, N.D., moved into Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, her friends decided to restore something near and dear to her life: a detailed, impressive dollhouse that had fallen into disrepair over the years.
After weeks of work, the impressive, electrified home was back on display, this time at Fargo's Bethany on 42nd for all to see.
Around a dining room table at Shirley Nedrebo's home on Tuesday, a group of Arthur women was busy dusting and cleaning after deciding to tackle the project for their friend, Peggy Williams.
"I said, 'Well, take it over to my house, we'll restore it,'" said Nedrebo, who helped build the dollhouse for Williams back in 1992.
Over the years, Williams furnished it. But in recent years the dollhouse was gathering dust, forgotten until the Arthur women cleaned everything — dusting the hundreds of pieces and making it look its best.
The "model" home has nine rooms filled with set dining room tables, a working sewing machine, a mailbox with a package and a working fireplace. It even has electricity.
While Williams was getting her hair done at Bethany, her friends from Arthur were pulling a fast one, decorating her dollhouse for two hours.
It was a lot of work — all the little pieces had a specific spot. Shortly after lunch, the ladies had it done. The only thing remaining was the star of the hour, Williams.
Family and friends surprised Williams at Bethany on Tuesday, coming in from all over. Then came the reveal.
"No wonder you wanted my hair fixed today," Williams said.
For the next 20 minutes, Williams just stared, shaking her head in disbelief.
"You really did. I cannot believe it... it's beautiful," she said.