CULBERTSON — On March 1, 2013, Marie Green Gandrud, 97, our mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma went to the arms of the Lord she loved so much. A memorial graveside service for Marie will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Hillside Cemetery, just west of Culbertson. As the result of the effects of dementia and advanced age, Marie passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She resided at Roosevelt Memorial Medical Center in Culbertson.
The oldest daughter of John Conrad and Catherine (Nye) Green, Marie was born Jan. 30, 1916, in Culbertson. Marie attended the Damm No.5 school in the Froid area, but had to quit her freshman year to work on the farm and also worked briefly in Wolf Point at the Sherman Hotel before she married Joseph A. Gandrud on Dec. 18, 1935. They were married 65 years before Joe passed away March 8, 2001.
Marie experienced the Depression years as a youth and thus learned and lived the values of frugality, sacrifice and hard work.
Marie was a life-time member of the Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and belonged to the women's circle. Marie also belonged to the PTA, was an active Boy Scout leader during her son Joe's time as a Boy Scout and was a 66-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Marie loved her many flowers and took much pride in her beautiful yard and enjoyed sharing her flowers with her friends and neighbors, and also supplied her church with flowers on many Sundays. Marie also enjoyed baking cinnamon rolls and banana bread for her grandchildren.
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Marie and five other families organized Bethel Free Lutheran Church in 1963.
Marie's faith in the Lord Jesus is what kept her going during her last years. Marie is preceded in death by her husband Joe Sr., son Joe Jr., two brothers, George and Dan, three sisters, Lydia, Suzanne and Elsie, son-in-law Duane and grandson Richard.
Marie is survived by three daughters, Judy (John) Hofman and Nancy Sundvold both of Culbertson and Debbie Neilson of Billings; five grandsons; seven granddaughters; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sister, Hilda Lutkenhaus of O'Fallon, Mo.; sister-in-law, Patricia Gandrud of Henderson Nev., and numerous nieces and nephews. After the service, a light lunch will be held at Bethel Community Church in Culbertson.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Community Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Roosevelt Medical Center or a charity of your choice.