Written by Wolf Point Herald
Effie Mildred Morrison Skillingberg Svendsen
Luebke, 93, died Friday evening, Sept. 28, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home in Williston, N.D.
She was born Nov. 21, 1918, to Leland and Ethel (Fraley) Morrison at Homestead. Her father and her brother, Donald James, died during the flu epidemic in 1918. Her mother married Halver Skillingberg in 1922. Mildred attended school in both Homestead and Medicine Lake. She was raised in the Lutheran faith and was baptized and confirmed in the Homestead Lutheran Church.
She married Jens Christian Svendsen in 1938. They made their home in Froid. Through that union there were four children born: Norma Jean; Donald; and twins, Mavis and Marva. They divorced in 1957. In 1958, she married Joyce Stuart Luebke and they made their home in Froid.
She 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.
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 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 fundraiser in which to enrich the lives of the seniors in Froid. She enjoyed this post well into her 80s.
She 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 one. She often made afghans for community fundraisers.
She was also preceded in death by Jens Svendsen; her husband, Joyce Lueb-ke; her daughter, Marva Svendsen; her grandson, Laroy Davidson; and Scott Grossman.
She is survived by her sister, Betty Jean Johnson of Menifee, Calif.; children, Norma Jean Davidson, Donald Luebke and Mavis Sala, all of Williston, N.D.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Froid Lutheran Church. Sherry Crane, LPA, will officiate. Interment will be in the South Froid Cemetery. Friends were able to call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home in Williston, N.D., on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and one hour before services at the church in Froid on Thursday.