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Elizabeth Iken

November 02, 1917 - December 22, 2012

Prayer Service:

There will be a Prayer Service at Boulger funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Funeral Service:

There will be a Memorial Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013

Burial:

Burial will be at Holy Cross North, Fargo.

Arrangements:

Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Elizabeth Iken

November 02, 1917 - December 22, 2012

Obituary

 Elizabeth (Libby) Welsh Iken was born November 2, 1917 in Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of Maurice and Mary McNeish Welsh.

She moved to Fargo, ND in 1921 where she lived most of her life. She attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Sacred Heart Academy and North Dakota State University. She married Lyle R. lken on Christmas Eve in 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. They had four children: Donald, Margaret, James and Mary.

Libby held several jobs including secretary and book keeper at the Hanna, Clay & Lancaster Clinic and Northern State Power Company, secretary to the Trial Judge Advocate for the Air Force in Garden City, KS, owner/operator of a diner in Christine, ND and Libby’s Hickory House in Fargo, and worked as secretary for the Agricultural Engineering Department at NDSU from 1960 until her retirement in 1978. She was a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and served as sacristan at daily mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Libby was an accomplished painter and quilter. She quilted, crocheted and knitted many items for gifts. She made a christening dress, all hand sewn with French seaming, in 1944 that has been passed down through the family for many christenings. Libby was especially fond of the color red and pink and was known to some by the nickname “Pink Lady”. She also loved roses.   

In 2004 Libby moved to Riverview Senior Community in Fargo. Then in 2006, she moved to Perham to be closer to her daughter Mary. She lived in Briarwood Senior Community, where she kept busy with bingo, exercising and attending mass. She recently moved into Perham Living, where she passed away on December 22, 2012.

Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, one son, Donald, and five brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by three children:  Margaret Witz, College Station, TX, James( Cynthia) Iken, Alamogordo, NM and Mary (Paul) Kloster, Perham, MN, five grandchildren:  Sean (Catherine) Witz, Blue Grass, IA, Megan Artaza and Ryan (Shannon) Witz, Houston, TX, Marc Kloster, Silverton, CO and Katie Kloster, Aspen, CO, five great-grandchildren : Ashley Artaza, Richard Witz, Charlotte, Madeline and Nellie Witz and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express thanks to the staff and residents of Briarwood and Perham Living. We appreciate the love extended to our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother by everyone.

Elizabeth (Libby) Welsh Iken was born November 2, 1917 in Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of Maurice and Mary McNeish Welsh. She moved to Fargo, ND in 1921 where she lived most of her life. She attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Sacred Heart Academy and North Dakota State University. She married Lyle R. lken on Christmas Eve in 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. They had four children: Donald, Margaret, James and Mary.

Libby held several jobs including secretary and book keeper at the Hanna, Clay & Lancaster Clinic and Northern State Power Company, secretary to the Trial Judge Advocate for the Air Force in Garden City, KS, owner/operator of a diner in Christine, ND and Libby’s Hickory House in Fargo, and worked as secretary for the Agricultural Engineering Department at NDSU from 1960 until her retirement in 1978. She was a volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and served as sacristan at daily mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Libby was an accomplished painter and quilter. She quilted, crocheted and knitted many items for gifts. She made a christening dress, all hand sewn with French seaming, in 1944 that has been passed down through the family for many christenings. Libby was especially fond of the color red and pink and was known to some by the nickname “Pink Lady”. She also loved roses.   

In 2004 Libby moved to Riverview Senior Community in Fargo. Then in 2006, she moved to Perham to be closer to her daughter Mary. She lived in Briarwood Senior Community, where she kept busy with bingo, exercising and attending mass. She recently moved into Perham Living, where she passed away on December 22, 2012.

Libby was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, one son, Donald, and five brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by three children:  Margaret Witz, College Station, TX, James( Cynthia) Iken, Alamogordo, NM and Mary (Paul) Kloster, Perham, MN, five grandchildren:  Sean (Catherine) Witz, Blue Grass, IA, Megan Artaza and Ryan (Shannon) Witz, Houston, TX, Marc Kloster, Silverton, CO and Katie Kloster, Aspen, CO, five great-grandchildren : Ashley Artaza, Richard Witz, Charlotte, Madeline and Nellie Witz and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express thanks to the staff and residents of Briarwood and Perham Living. We appreciate the love extended to our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother by everyone.

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8 responses to “Elizabeth Iken”

  1. Colleen (Dwyer) Tuff says:

    Omaha NEJim and Family, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

  2. Claudia DuBord says:

    Peoria ArizonaDear Mary,
    I just heard that Libby passed away, I am so sorry, it is hard to have our parents gone. I think about my parents everyday. Your Mom was always good to me and we had some great times at your house. I remember your Mom hosting our graduation party from high school together, what great fun that was! Love, Claudia

  3. jack and june volk says:

    fargo ndMost sincere sympathy in the lose of your mother.

  4. Irene Welsh Beckstead says:

    Grand Island NEWhen I was decorating our Christmas tree, I was thinking of Libby because I have 2 little crocheted stockings that hold a candy cane that she gave to us about 30 years ago. She and Lyle stopped here on one of their trips from ND
    to TX. She was a fun lady. So glad i knew her.
    Irene and Bill Beckstead

  5. Mike and Kathie Welsh says:

    Omaha NEAunt Libby brought the Welsh Family History to life every time she visited and told her wonderful stories. She always was loving and cheerful and her laugh was infectious. We always looked forward to a visit from Lyle and Libby because we knew it would be full of fun stories and happy times.
    She will be missed but we have her family history to remember her by.
    Our sympathy to Marge, Jim and Mary..you were lucky to have your Mom for so long but it’s still hard no matter when leave you.
    Hugs,
    Mike, Kathie and Family

  6. Donna (Wright) Koehmstedt says:

    Thief River Falls MN
    My sympathies to all Libby’s family.
    Hold your memories close to your hearts.

    I worked down the hall from Libby (Extension Ag Engineering) for 10 years.
    We shared the same coffee break. I have many memories of Libby. She spoke fondly of her family.

  7. Sheryl Dagman says:

    Jamestown ND
    I worked at Ag Engineering for Libby as a work study student.

    She was a wonderful lady and professional but very friendly.

    That was a long time ago. But I wanted to take this opportunity to comment on her helpfulness.

    My sincere sympathy.

  8. Sharen Manolopoulos says:

    Los Angeles CAMary, Jim, and Margaret,
    I’m so terribly sorry and saddened to hear of Aunt Libby’s passing. We have wonderful memories of her when we visited with her in Fargo during the summer of 2004(?) I loved hearing her stories when my family visited you in Fargo and Minneapolis as kids. We are keeping you in our thoughts during this sad time.

    Sharen Manolopoulos and Arne Lunde

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