Written by The Culbertson Searchlight
Effie Mildred Morrison Skillingberg Svendsen Luebke, age 93, died Friday evening, Sept. 28, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston, N.D.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thurday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Froid Lutheran Church. Sherry Crane, LPA will officiate and interment will be in the South Froid Cemetery.
Mildred was born Nov. 21, 1918, to Leland and Ethel (Fraley) Morrison at Homestead, Mont. Her father, Leland, and her brother, Donald James, died during the flu epidemic in 1918. Her mother, Ethel, married Halver Skillingberg in 1922. Mildred attended school in both Homestead and Medicine Lake, Mont. She was raised in the Lutheran faith and was baptized and confirmed in the Homestead Lutheran Church.
Mildred married Jens Christian Svendsen in 1938. They made their home in Froid, Montana. Through that union there were four children born: Norma Jean; Donald; twins, Mavis and Marva. They divorced in 1957. In 1958, Mildred married Joyce Stuart Luebke and they made their home in Froid.
Mildred was a hard worker with a sense of pride in whatever she was doing. Through the years, she was a cook at the school, clerk at the Coast-to-Coast, and cooked at the café in Froid to help support her family. With the onset of an empty nest, she and Joyce became houseparents in a Group Home in Plentywood. Her position as Residential Manager actually became the catalyst to her future endeavors. With renewed self-esteem, confidence and sense of community, she willingly and happily took a position as an officer in the Senior Citizens Legislature. She was instrumental in upgrading and maintaining an active role as an officer at the Senior Center in Froid in spite of “uffda” moments. She was frequently working on a project or raffle in which to enrich the lives of the Seniors in Froid. She maintained and thoroughly enjoyed this post well into her 80s.
Mildred enjoyed spending time picnicking, fishing, and getting together with friends and family at their cabin at Blacktail Dam. She loved to embroider and crochet afghans; and made certain that her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren each had an afghan with which to cuddle. She often made afghans for community fundraisers and raffles.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Jean Johnson of
Menifee, Calif.; her children, Norma Jean (Irvin) Davidson, Donald (Eileen) Luebke and Mavis (Doug) Sala, all of Williston, N.D.; her grandchildren, Debbie (Dan) Davidson Conlin of Minot, N.D., Lavonne Davidson Walker of Fargo, N.D., Todd (Gina)
Luebke of Woodbury, Minn., Donald James (DJ) Luebke, Devin Luebke and Ryan (Jennifer) Luebke, all of Williston, N.D., Nichole (Scott, deceased) Sala-Grossman of Pearland, Texas, Grant (Paula) Sala of Monticello, Minn.; her great-grandchildren, Taylor Conlin of Minot, N.D., Haley Conlin of Milwaukee, Wis., Christian Luebke Weeks of St. Paul, Minn., Mitchell and Ethan Luebke of Woodbury, Minn., Logan and Jackson
Luebke of Williston N.D., Aiden Grossman of Pearland, Texas, Gavin Larson of Fargo, N.D., Whitney and Elliot Sala of Monticello, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
Mildred was preceded in death by Jens Svendsen; her mother and stepfather, Ethel and Halver Skillingberg; her brother, Howard Skillingberg; her husband, Joyce Luebke; her daughter, Marva Svendsen; her grandson, Laroy Davidson; and Scott Grossman.
Gifts in memory of Mildred may be given to the Senior Center or the Lutheran Church in Froid.
Friends were able to call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Williston on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and one hour before services on Thursday at the church in Froid.