Myrtle Judit Markuson, having reached the 100 year milestone in November, joined her Lord and Savior and her much larger earthly family on December 8, 2017.
Myrtle was born November 18, 1917 in Blacktail Township, Williams County, North Dakota, the 7th child of Martin and Guri Rossland, Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded near the current Blacktail Dam.
Myrtle had many fond memories of life on the farm with her sister and seven brothers who have all preceded her in death. In addition to her siblings, Myrtle is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and her first born daughter, Lois Jean Haselden . She is survived by her children, Neil, Patty (Tim) Wiens and Iris (Gary) Johnson, son-in-law Winston Haselden, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Myrtle's early education was in Blacktail Schools and she graduated from Williston High School in 1935. With the exception of a few years spent living near her sister, Josephine, during the Depression, she has been a lifelong Williston resident.
During World War II years and for many years after, Myrtle worked as a bookkeeper for the Farmers Union Coop Creamery in downtown Williston, later becoming Missouri Valley Dairy. Myrtle had a reputation for kindness, strength and perseverance as well as sharp mental abilities. This was evidenced by her exceptional card and Scrabble playing abilities. She did the daily crossword until very recently and everyone found it tough to beat her in a game of Scrabble. She continued her involvement at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church throughout her life, faithfully joining the quilting group and making meatballs at the annual dinner until she officially "retired" at age 99.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.
Her funeral will be celebrated Tuesday morning, December 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston. Rev. Morris Kirchhof will officiate.
Friends may call at the Everson Coughlin Funeral Home on Monday from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM, and at the church on Tuesday for the hour preceding the funeral.
Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Williston.