Outpouring of support, prayer follows unexpected death of Kindred native
ROCKFORD, Minn. -- Following the sudden death of a mother of five and Kindred, N.D. native, hundreds of acquaintances and strangers are showing support through crowdfunding and prayer.
ROCKFORD, Minn. - Following the sudden death of a mother of five and Kindred, N.D. native, hundreds of acquaintances and strangers are showing support through crowdfunding and prayer.
Allison (Berg) Moline, 34, died Friday, March 10, from a blood infection caused by kidney stones. She was married to Wahpeton native and pilot Brandon Moline and together they lived in Rockford with their children: 9-year-old Isaac, 7-year-old Carter, 5-year-old Graham, 3-year-old Clara and 3-month-old Sheppard.
"They have a lot of questions and they are asking as they come up. The younger kids just don't understand," said sister Brianna Berg, of Fargo, of her niece and nephews now without a mother.
Just last week, Moline was still homeschooling her children and serving in the nursery at The Village Church in Maple Plain, Minn. Her death was entirely unexpected, Berg said, as their final conversations were normal and still full of hope.
"She didn't anticipate that this would happen and neither did we," Berg said.
For those who knew Moline, her life focused on faith and family.
"Allison was so fun always. She didn't let life pass her by. She truly lived life in a way that's so admirable with a childlike wonder and embracing life and everything God gave her," Berg said.
Moline's story struck communities she lived in, from her hometown of Kindred to cities in Texas and Utah where the Moline family lived before moving to Rockford. Even anonymous donors to a memorial fund said they recognized Allison Moline's love of life.
The memorial fund for Allison Moline was created by her twin sister, Kim Olson, of Kindred.
As of Tuesday, March 14, more than $78,000 was raised by about 620 donors in order to reach a $100,000 goal to support the Moline family.
"My brother-in-law, if he could give every single penny back to have her back, he would in a heartbeat," Berg said. "But he's so thankful."
A $1,000 donation was made on behalf of Mountain Life Church in Park City, Utah, where Allison Moline "left an incredible mark." Other mothers offered to donate breastmilk for her youngest child.
"The outpouring of love and support has been so great and so beautiful," Berg said.
The family anticipates a large gathering at Moline's funeral and visitation "knowing the legacy Allison left and knowing how she loved people," Berg said.
On Friday, March 17, there will be visitation at Bethel Church in Fargo from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. On Saturday, March 18, there will be visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo.