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Ruth J. Urvand

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Ruth J. Urvand, age 83, resident of McVille, ND, died Monday, October 18, 2004, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Ruth Jeanette Brekken was born December 30, 1920, the oldest of three children to Thimor & Ida (Hoiberg) Brekken. She was baptized and confirmed at Sheyenne Lutheran Church. She was reared and educated in rural Pekin, ND, graduating from Pekin High School in 1939. On April 7, 1940, she married Lester B. Urvand. at the Sheyenne Lutheran Parsonage. After marriage, they resided in Pekin where Lester worked at the local creamery. In 1944, they moved to Seattle, WA but later returned to Pekin in 1945. They bought a farmstead and starting farming in rural Pekin. Throughout the years, Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for John Deere Implement, Reitan Farm Supply and Twete Inc. all of McVille. She later worked for McVille High School as a school cook until she retired Ruth was a member of Sheyenne Lutheran Church and Sheyenne Lutheran Ladies Aid. She enjoyed the summer months when she was able to tend to her flower gardens and sit on the porch listening to her wind chimes. Ruth will always be remembered for her holiday cooking and the love she showed to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed by her three sons: Larry Urvand of Ritchville, MN, Richard (Dianne) Urvand of McVille, & Mark (Denise) Urvand of Devils Lake, ND. She is also survived by her six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister: Orpha Foreng of Devils Lake; and sister-in-law: Iris (Oren) Resendahl of McVille.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Patricia Urvand; brother, Truman Brekken and daughter-in-law, Lorraine Urvand.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held Thursday, October 21, 2004, at 11:00 AM in the Sheyenne Lutheran Church of rural Pekin. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 20, 2004, at the Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment will be at the Sheyenne Church Cemetery of rural Pekin.

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