Ella Mae Byram, 99, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away Thursday morning, November 23, 2017, at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williston.
Ella Mae Byram was born May 19, 1918 in Purcell, Oklahoma to Harvey and Bertie Bragg. Ella Mae attended school in Oklahoma as well as other schools in the Southwest. She worked during the World War II years in the office of the U.S. War Department, the U.S. Engineers Office and later was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture all in Oklahoma City.
She married Joe A. Byram on November15, 1944 and they made their home in Oklahoma City until 1950 when they moved to Mandan, ND and shortly thereafter to Williston, ND where she was employed as Clerk of Williams County Court from 1953 through mid-1956.
An accomplished seamstress, she designed and tailored her own clothes as well as garments for others, including tailored Pendleton-type shirts and jackets for her beloved husband, Joe. She was an inveterate “do-it-yourselfer” largely self-taught, who made many beautiful crocheted and knitted garments and items for herself and others. She was adept at sketching portraits in her earlier years, and taught herself to play the piano. She valued quality and accuracy in all aspects of life.
She loved her Lord and took much joy in studying the scriptures to enrich herself with His wisdom and to know Him better. Ella Mae was a long-time member of the Southern Baptist Church, having worshipped at First Baptist Church in Williston for many years. She took an interest in others and was a prayer warrior, praying faithfully for her grandchildren and extended family as well as many others in the community.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Joe who passed away in 1997 then followed by her son, Joe Jr. in March of 2000; her only sibling, her brother, Robert Bragg in 2003.
She is survived by four grandchildren, John Byram of St Paul, Minn., Jennifer (Nick) Bennett of Lead, SD, Sarah (Jordan) Coplin of Fargo, ND, and Michael (Allison) Byram of Winnipeg, Canada, and her daughter-in-law, Debra (Dean Hanson) Byram-Hanson of Grand Forks, ND; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Bragg, three nephews Larry, John and Fred (Amy) Bragg; one niece, Linda Bragg Sawhney all of Vallejo, California.
The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.
Her funeral will be celebrated Friday afternoon, December 1, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Cornerstone First Baptist Church in Williston. Pastor T.J. Green will officiate.
Friends may call at the Everson Coughlin Funeral Home on Thursday from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM and Friday at the church for the hour preceding the funeral.
The family will be present at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM to greet friends.
Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Williston.