Mary-Tvedt-Obituary

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Mary Kathleen Tvedt

May 29, 1936 - Apr 25, 2021

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Mary was a wonderful co-worker at HLHP. We shared a lot fun times, on and off the job. I missed her when she retired. She will be reunited with Vern forever.

As with so many others... we so enjoyed Mary. Feel knowing Vern and Mary enriched our lives! Being adoptive parents too made our friendship even more special . We have shared many many hugs and conversations! A beautiful woman! Curtis and Elizabeth Kleppen

I met Mary at the Sears store. She has always held a special place in my heart. She was a very special lady filled with heart and grace. My sympathy and prayers to her family.

Sweet and fun lady to visit; have not seen Mary for years. Sympathy to family, special Mary. Visited her in her home on the hill in Plentywood. Peace.

I was one of Mary's nurses for many years, and we became friends. Her attitude and smile was such an inspiration to all she encountered. She was a blessing to many.

I had the privilege of knowing both Vern and Mary. Mary was the most kind person I have met. I especially enjoyed playing piano with Mary and Olga....we played for entertainment at the Manor. I know she is welcomed into the arms of Jesus....I

Mary was a great soul whose radiant smile, jolly laugh, and industrious heart for service through volunteering will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed working with Mary on various committees. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

Such a beautiful lady, inside and out. She will be missed by many. RIP Mary...

Such a lovely, gracious lady! She will be missed.❤

Obituary

Mary's Obituary

Mary Kathleen Tvedt was born May 29, 1936.  She was the oldest of three children born to James and Olga (Linquist) Elder.  On April 25, 2021, at the age of 84, Mary went home to the arms of Jesus and was happily reunited again with her husband and best friend, Vern, after 14 years, 2 months, and 10 days! 

Mary graduated from Minot State Teachers College in 1958 with majors in Speech Correction and Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.  Her activities in music included band, orchestra, choir, and she played flute, piccolo, piano, organ, and drums.

She was employed two years each as a speech therapist in Lakota, ND and suburban Maryland.

On June 12, 1960, Mary and Vern Tvedt were united in marriage at Minot, ND. Mary and Vern “adopted 4 and had 1 more”:  Lisa, Beth, Van, RJ, and Eric.  They lived in suburban Washington, DC until October 1978 when they moved to Plentywood, MT where they owned the Sears Catalog store for 15 years.  

Mary was a member of the homemakers club and was active as a leader for the 4-H, Girl and Boy Scouts, and church school teacher. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church where she served on many committees and was a substitute organist. 

Mary was active in numerous community activities. Both Mary and Vern were instrumental in organizing and sponsoring Plentywood’s theater groups and Shakespeare in the Park.  The “Sears Years” accounted for a lot of hard work for Mary and Vern, but provided them with many friends and fond memories.  When Sears, Roebuck and Co. closed nearly 4,000 catalog stores, Mary went to work as a Family Support Specialist with Hi-Line Homes, Inc.  She received the Governor’s award in 1998 for working with families.  Mary was touched and felt blessed to interact with so many families and children through her employment with Hi-Line Homes. For at least 10 years, Mary was a constant support to the Glen-Wood group for developmentally disabled persons. She had been a Glen-Wood, Inc. board member and a member of the Community Incentive Program and Councils on Youth and Aging.  Mary helped organize the Sheridan County fair parade for many years.  Each year the marching band was probably her favorite part of the parade.  Mary found great pleasure in being a senior companion and a hospice volunteer for many years.  

In 1993, Mary was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome and in 1997 with Lymphoma.  Although she encountered many additional health issues over the years, Mary maintained an amazingly positive outlook on life which has inspired many.  She loved people and was always ready to offer a smile, hug or an encouraging word to one and all.  Her faith in God was paramount to her and fulfilled her soul.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother.  Over the years, she and Vern made frequent trips out of state to visit children and grandchildren.  After Vern died, Mary enjoyed traveling by train to Minnesota to visit Eric and family.

In 2014, Mary moved to the Plentywood Pioneer Manor.  She loved her apartment and her Manor friends.  She enjoyed her independence at the Manor and was thankful for the great meals and the wonderful staff.  The Quality Transit drivers were special friends to her as well. 

Mary enjoyed needlework and plastic canvas.  Many graduating seniors, friends and extended family have been blessed to receive bookmarks and other gift items made by Mary. Listening to classical music and marching tunes was a favorite pastime of Mary (and Vern’s).  Mary once stated, “Happiness means visiting with friends and taking an active part in church and community activities.  I love to relax with yarn.”

She is survived by daughters Lisa (Wes) Tvedt, Beth (Lyn) Domsten; sons Van, RJ (Lisa) Tvedt, and Eric (Rachel) Tvedt; grandchildren Tessa (Blake) Lisenbe; Nicole (Travis) Wright, Connor and Brenden Tvedt; Logan and Taylor Tvedt; and Kyra and Megan Tvedt; and great grandchildren Briley and Tori Lisenbe; Vivianna and George Wright; and Aubrey Tvedt.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Olga Elder; brothers Lee and Dick; husband Vern Tvedt; and granddaughter Alissa Domsten.

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