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Ardyce Erickson

September 22, 1930 — June 24, 2011

Ardyce Erickson, 80, of rural Barrett, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. She was born on September 22, 1930, in Alexandria to Olander and Evelyn (Stevenson) Olson, was baptized and confirmed, and attended Wennersborg Lutheran Church, rural Kensington. The family later joined the Bethel Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Following graduation from Hoffman High School in 1948, she attended Beauty College in Minneapolis. On March 10, 1951, Ardyce was united in marriage to Russell Harold Erickson. The couple lived briefly with Russell's parents before purchasing and moving to their farm in Elk Lake Township. In addition to the daily tasks of keeping a home and raising eight children, Ardyce was also a full partner on the farm and worked alongside Russell where needed. Ardyce spent countless hours baking and canning for her family, caring for the garden and its' produce, and especially liked her flower gardens. She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, doing various crafts, watching the birds, and going to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Ardyce enjoyed spending time with her family, children and grandchildren, and the many trips with them to the Minnesota State Fair. She was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Barrett. Russell passed away on December 18, 2000. Survivors include her children Nancy (Marv) Simar of Barrett, Peggy (Bill) Pasche of Hoffman, Dale of Barrett, Connie (Steve) Anderson of Morris, Susan (Dale) Murray of Alexandria, Darryl (Carol) of Kensington, Janice (Troy) Reinking of Ireton, Iowa, and Dean of Barrett; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (LaVerne) Olson of Hoffman and Rodger (Elaine) Olson of Prior Lake; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Olander and Evelyn Olson; her husband Russell; granddaughter Jill Pasche; and one brother, James Olson. Funeral: 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Peace Lutheran Church, Barrett Clergy: Rev. Matthew Rose Burial: Wennersborg Cemetery, Kensington Visitation: 6-9 pm Tuesday, 9pm prayer service, at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Hoffman; resumes at the church one hour before the service.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Hoffman 103 7th Street North Hoffman, MN US 56339

Previous Events

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Hoffman

103 7th Street N
Hoffman, MN 56339

9 pm prayer service

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
1:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

visitation one hour prior to the service

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Wennersborg Cemetery

Kensington, MN

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