1-2:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 20 at Temple Baptist Church, Fargo, 2801 North Broadway.
2:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 20 at Temple Baptist Church, Fargo.
Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.
Helen (Pederson) Cockerill of Mapleton, ND, age 83 died peacefully on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, in Eventide Linden Tree Circle, Moorhead, MN, under the care of her family, Eventide Linden Tree Circle, and Red River Hospice.
Helen, the daughter of Alvin and Hattie (Bakke) Pederson was born on August 18, 1928, in a house near the Pederson farmstead, Northwood, ND. She was baptized and confirmed in the Washington Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, ND. She attended school and graduated from Northwood High School. She moved to Fargo, ND where she attended Interstate Business College and then worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Helen then met and married Leon (Jude) Cockerill Jr. on October 9, 1949, in First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. They moved to Harwood, ND, before moving to the farm in rural Mapleton, ND. Then they owned and operated Jude’s Truck Stop in West Fargo, before returning to the farm in Mapleton. On the farm she was a full-time stay at home mom and farm wife. She helped care and feed family members and hired hands. Harvest time was especially busy. Favorite foods enjoyed by family, farm hands, and all visitors were potato salad, buns, and sugar cookies. She always served everyone first waiting till all had finished eating, and then she sat down to eat. At times there was not much food left to eat. She was both, as in the Bible, a Mary and Martha. She so welcomed people and then served them.
Helen’s faith in her Lord was very strong. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Fargo. Her greatest accomplishment was being a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.
Helen is survived by her husband, Leon (Jude) Cockerill Jr., Mapleton. Her children Pamela Coleman, Moorhead, Lon (Kheng) Cockerill, Fargo, ND, Randi (Christine) Cockerill, Moorhead, Brian Cockerill, Mapleton, Leon Cockerill III., Mapleton. Her 2 grandchildren, CA Coleman, Staunton, VA, Chip (Martha) Coleman, Apple Creek, OH. Her 3 step-grandchildren, Eng (Hiep) Nguyen, Moorhead, Leap (Scarlett) Chear, Fargo, Cathie Lewis, Moorhead. Her 3 great grandchildren, Cody Coleman and Silas and Ezra Coleman. Her 5 step great-grandchildren, Brandon, Nicolas, and Rachel Nguyen and Hunter and Olivia Chear. Her sisters, Audrey Pederson, Superior, WI, Myrna Birrenkott, Fargo, Ione (Ralph) Leet, Bismarck. Her brother Alden (Shirley) Pederson, Fargo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Blanche Sather, and brother-in law Elwood Sather.
Helen donated her body for medical research at the University of North Dakota Medical School.
You may want to in lieu of providing flowers give a memorial to Eventide or Red River Hospice or Temple Baptist Church.
We thank everyone for the love and kindness shown to Helen and family throughout her life, in good health and in bad. We love you all.