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EarlaMae Erickson, 89, of Moorhead passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato. Interment was in the church cemetery.
She is survived by her children, James of Annandale, Joan of Moorhead, Michael (Bev) of Annandale and Marlys (Daniel) Lund of Moorhead; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and three great- great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey Inselman of South Haven; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon; her parents; sisters, Opel Hamel, Ilene Anderson and Pauline Norberg; son-in-law, Sophus Mathison; daughter-in-law, Alice Erickson.
Shw was born in Litchfield on March 10, 1924, to William and Clara (Nelson) Benson. She grew up on the farm between Kingston and Happy Corner. She attended school first in Kingston and graduated from Cokato High School in 1941. She attended Sunday school at the Swedish Mission Church of French Lake and was confirmed there on Oct. 11, 1936. On March 28, 1942, EarlaMae married Vernon Erickson at the Grace Lutheran Church of French Lake. They lived on the Erickson home place and shared 61 years of marriage. God blessed them with four children. As a young wife and mother Earla Mae received Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Vernon passed away in 2003.
They were members of Grace Lutheran Church where EarlaMae taught Sunday school, and vacation Bible school, was an active member in Ladies Aid, Bible study and Bible school. Bible camp was very important to her. They also belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran Church of French Lake, and were charter members of Good Shepard Free Lutheran Church. They also belonged to the Hauge Federation. As a young girl EarlaMae worked at the Annandale bakery, then the Sweet Shop of Cokato, Fitzgerald's, Northland Canning, Richwell Furniture, and finally the Annandale Dairy Queen. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidery, writing and entertaining. Her family was the most important to her.
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