ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Marvis Lundgren, 86, of Ringsted will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Elrod officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church only on Friday. Interment will be at High Lake Cemetery in Wallingford.
She died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Marvis was born to Kenneth and Vesta (Gardner) Harding on Aug. 26, 1925, in Estherville. As a young girl she spent her time assisting her parents and getting into trouble with her sister Helen on their family farm in Jack Creek Township.
Marvis had a lifelong passion for education. She graduated from Maple Hill High School and continued her education at Morningside College earning a certificate in teaching. As a young woman she touched the lives of many students teaching at both a Jack Creek Country School and Graettinger Schools.
Marvis made Glen Lundgren the happiest man on earth when she said "I do" on June 8, 1947. Glen and Marvis began their married lives on a farm near Ringsted. On this farm she taught many life lessons to her children Wade, Max and Sarah.
She spent her days assisting Glen on the farm, making memorable meals, playing games, gardening, writing letters, entertaining guests and quilting. Marvis made a special quilt for each of her grandchildren.She was a lifetime member of the CCC (Can't Come Crabby) Club and a very active member of the Estherville United Methodist Church assisting with the alter group, junior choir, United Methodist Women, along with many, many more. Marvis and Glen spent their retirement years traveling the United States. They spent winters in various spots in Florida until they finally found their true calling as "Winter Texans." They spent 25 warm and happy winters in Mission. Marvis continued her passion for education in Texas volunteering as a mentor teaching English to elementary age students.
Left to cherish Marvis' memory are her husband Glen of Ringsted, a sister Helen of Grand Prairie, Texas, son Wade (Deb) Lundgren of Emmetsburg, daughter Sarah (Al) Fothergill of Ringsted, her grandchildren Todd (Lisa) Lundgren, Tracie (Brian) Schulz, Ryan (Peg) Lundgren, Ehren Lundgren, Brandon Lundgren, Lee (Emily) Fothergill, Ruby Fothergill, Michael (Kathy) Gilchrist, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends. Marvis was preceded in death by her parents and son Max.
Online condolences may be made at www.henryolsonfuneral.com.