Ida Marie (Nelson) Evanson (1928 - 2008)

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Ida Evanson died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Big Timber after a prolonged illness with Alzheimer's disease. Her last years of life were defined by a tremendously strong and resolute spirit, which held her so tightly to this world.

Ida was the second child of seven, born to Andrew and Asbjorg (Lyderson) Nelson on July 14, 1928, in Arnegard, N.D. Jan. 1, 1950, she married Vendel "Windy" Evanson. They moved to Livingston where they built a home and raised three children. Ida and Vendel were married for 43 years before his passing in 1993. She will mostly be remembered and cherished for her remarkable devotion to her family. Ida's most extreme pleasure was finding all that was the most caring and comfortable for others and making them happy. True to her Norwegian heritage, cooking and baking were her specialties, and she especially enjoyed frying lefse. True to her children's Norwegian heritage, we enjoyed eating it. She loved taking joy rides in the Model-T, and walking the kids to the lagoon to feed the ducks. Ida also enjoyed quilting with the women of American Lutheran Church as a member of the church's Morning Circle. One of the highlights of her life was taking a trip with her siblings in 1995 to see her father's farm and meet her cousins in a family reunion in Slidre, Norway.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Vendel; her parents, Asbjorg and Andrew; and a baby sister Mabel Irene.

Survivors include her three children, Ronald (Emma) Evanson of Billings, Vicky (Mike) Ryles and Lynnette Evanson, of Livingston. Siblings include Doris Fisketjon of Minot, N.D.; Lyla Tweet of Grand Forks, N.D.; Neil (Maxine) Nelson of Arnegard, N.D.; Arlis (Gerald) Fritsvold, of Chaska, Minn.; Marvin (Stella) Nelson, of Bismarck, N.D.; and Betty Lou Bartolomei of Grand Forks, N.D. Jim and Bonnie Evanson and Hans and Joyce Evanson were also dear members of her family. Grandchildren include Katie and Joe Brooks, Kristin Evanson, Tracey (Terry) Rod, and Taber Ryles; great-grandchildren, Lance and Latrell McCutcheon, Kai Brooks, Brandon, Kayla, and Sheldon Rod; also numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A commemoration and celebration of Ida's life and her and Vendel's wedding anniversary will be led by Pastor Peggy Paugh Leuzinger at American Lutheran Church, corner of Fifth and Lewis streets in Livingston, at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, with interment following immediately at Mountain View Cemetery. A fellowship will follow after graveside services at the American Lutheran Church basement.

Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston.

Donations and memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 1259, Livingston, MT 59047, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2008
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