Lona Lee Musland Thull was raised on a farm in Edgeley, ND. Born in 1944, the daughter of Melvin and Leona Musland. She grew in a place that has always held a special place in her heart surrounded by friends and cousins that remained close to her throughout her life. Her grandparents planted a seed when they traveled with her to their homeland, Denmark, when she was 16 and after college she was selected as a Lions Club Youth Ambassador to Norway. In both Denmark and Norway the friends and relatives she connected with influenced her sense of heritage that she included in her family traditions. She moved to Colorado attending Business School in Denver when she met her life long partner and husband, Ed. They built a house and life together in Parker, Colorado where they lived for 30 years and raised three children. That seed from her younger travels begin to grow and she started her life long business love, Friendly Cruises, Inc. in 1987. They moved to Gold Canyon, AZ where they remained. Her love of entertaining and connecting people played a role in every thing she did and everywhere she lived, not only in getting friends and family to travel the world, but recognizing a need for social connection, while in Colorado she established the Parker Slowpitch Softball League growing it to over 45 teams. In Arizons when she recognized a lack of activities for couples and started a social dinner group when they moved to Gold Canyon, AZ to help connect a new golf community to its members and neighbors. She was loved by so many and will be remembered as a "passion driven doer".
Lona is preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Leona, brother Floyd, and nephew Brad. She is survived by her husband Ed, daughter Natalie and John Madej, grandsons John and Adam Medfield MA, son Nicholas Derrick Thull and Annette, grandsons Kaleb and Oliver, Lafayette CO and son Justin Thull and Amy, Centennial CO.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Dec. 19, 2020.