Marie Estella Haugen, 93, was called to her eternal rest on July 3, 2003 in Havre. Visitation hours at the Edwards Funeral Home in
Chinook were from on Tuesday, July 8. and today (Wednesday, July 9). Services
will be held at the AmericanLutheranChurch in Chinook at
today (Wednesday) with Rev. Paul Spohn officiating.
Ken Overcast will be vocalist and Rita Campbell organist. Pallbearers will be
her grandsons and interment will be in the KuperMemorialCemetery. Contributions in memory of Marie
may be sent to the ChinookSeniorCenter or the AmericanLutheranChurch of Chinook. Edwards Funeral Home
of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.
Marie was born to Dorsey Alfred and Daisy Pearl (Studebaker)
Meek on July 23, 1909 in Rolla, North Dakota. She moved with her parents and
four brothers to a farm north of Nashua in 1910. She attended the PorcupineElementary School near Nashua and was the only child in the Meek family to complete her high school education-graduating
from NashuaHigh School in
On January 25, 1928, Marie married Harold N. Haugen in
a ceremony that was held in her parents home.
Following their marriage, Marie worked alongside her husband on a farm near Glasgow during the Great Depression. Their
first child, WaldonLeRoy
was born on February 9, 1929, followed by siblings Lois (born on April 5,
1933), Russell (September 1, 1934) and Ellen (December 18, 1935)
Marie and Harold bought the old Cromley Place west of Chinook in the spring of 1941
and remained on the place that became known affectionately as “The Neversweat.” Through the years they worked hard to build up
a small herd of Hereford cattle, tame the land and improve
the home and1arm buildings. She was a resourceful person and a hard-working
woman who sewed, cooked, canned, gardened, helped with the raising of crops,
plus tended a wide array of animals, ranging from milk cows to Bantam chickens.
Despite a busy schedule, she always welcomed visitors with hospitality and good
home cooked meals. In the 1940’s and 50’s she was awarded dozens of blue
ribbons at the Blame County Fair for her flowers, jellies, canned vegetables
and relishes. In 1988 Harold and Marie began renting an apartment in town
during the cold winter months, and two years later they moved permanently into
the Bear Paw Court in Chinook. They would drive out
and spend time at “The Neversweat” and they enjoyed
playing cards and dancing at the SeniorCitizensCenter.
Harold passed away on June 12, 1992 and Marie lived alone at the Bear Paw Court until October of 1994, when it
became necessary for her move into the NorthernMontanaCareCenter in Havre. At first she was a cheerful,
helpful person at the CareCenter, but in the last year of her life
she suffered the ravages of dementia and a number of physical ailments including
diabetes. Survivors include daughters Lois
Anderson of Puyallup, WA and Ellen (Keith) Opprecht of Ogden. UT; a son.Russell (Done) Haugen of Glasgow; daughter-in-law
Genevieve Haugen; brother-in-law Mark Haugen of Chinook; 12 grandchildren; 20 great
grandchildren; two great grandsons, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold; son Waldon
on May 14, 1982; granddaughter Anna Marie Opprecht on
November 28, 1960; grandson Marshall Opprecht on June
15, 1966; three sisters, Roxie Agnes (died in infancy), Evelyn
Schneider and Blanche Weaver; and four brothers, Floyd, Art, Vein and Robert