Kathy Strand of Fargo, ND, passed away in the early morning hours on October 22, 2014 at Elim Care Center in Fargo, ND at the age of 65, after a courageous battle with cancer.  

Kathleen Marie Lyons was born on November 1, 1948, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Mark and Muriel (Schoeder) Lyons. She attended and graduated from Finley High School in 1966 and attended one year of business school at Wahpeton North Dakota State College of Science. She married Douglas Strand on August 30, 1969, at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church in Finley, ND.  Kathy and Doug raised their four daughters and one son in Cooperstown, ND.  While living in Cooperstown, Kathy was the secretary at Griggs County Central Elementary School for 21 years and a paraprofessional at Griggs County Central High School for three years.  She touched the lives of so many students during those years. After moving to Fargo in 2007, Kathy worked at State Bank & Trust for a little over two years and Mechanical Insulation and Supply for two years. In addition, she did all of the bookkeeping for Doug Strand Trucking. She was a 43 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, an active parishioner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cooperstown and an amateur photographer of her family and friends.  Kathy enjoyed spending time with those she loved, taking, organizing and displaying pictures, sewing, playing cards and games, going to movies, and decorating for the Holidays, especially Christmas. She was the biggest cheerleader and proudest supporter of her kids and grandkids, never missing any of their activities. Her pride and joy were her five children and seven grandchildren. 

Kathy is survived by her husband, Doug, of 45 years; five children and seven grandchildren – Kimberly (Mark) Percy of London, England, UK, and their children Madeleine and Dexter; Laura (Dustin) Roberge of West Fargo, ND, and their sons Taylor and Chase; Nicole (Michael) Bangasser of Plymouth, MN, and their daughter Megan; Jennifer (Clayton) Dilly of Fargo, ND, and their daughters Makenna and Harper; and Mark (Nicole) Strand of Erie, PA; her mother, Muriel Lyons of Fargo, ND; one brother Michael (Brenda) Lyons of Denver, CO and one sister Beth (Jeff) McClean of Fargo, ND; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her father, Mark.  

Visitation will be Monday, October 27, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Funeral Service and Burial will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo.  Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fargo.

Kathy’s family would like to thank Hospice of the Red River Valley and Elim Care Center for their excellent work and loving care, as well as all the friends who have stopped by to visit, sent cards and shared prayers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Hospice of the Red River Valley, Children’s Cancer Research Fund or the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Kathy was an amazing woman and a great neighbor to my parents. She will be dearly missed!

  2. Jen and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at such a difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Bobbie

  3. Finley ND
    Our Sympathies to the family of Kathy Strand. We aren’t able to make the services but know we will be thinking of all of you. May she rest in peace.

    Love:
    Dennis & Karen Lindstrom

  4. Cottage grove MN
    Our sympathy to Kathy’s family on her passing. Her memories will always be with you no one can take that away.

  5. Hopkins MN
    Nicole, we are all sorry to learn that your Mother has been so very ill and that she has now died. I remeber meeting her briefly at your wedding and now in what I have read, I know more about her as a person. She must have been a very busy daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend … a full life! I wish for her a rebirth in health and eternal life.

    We share your Family’s loss and sadness. Love to you, Mike and Megan … Chris and all.

  6. Lisbon StateDoug, all of the Strand clan and Muriel,

    Marianne just described Kathy to a T.
    She was ball of energy, She picked up “Life” and she ran with it, always looking forward.
    She loved her “fabulous” gang of 5 so so much. Weddings were “fabulous”…more sons and a daughter. Then you really did her proud when she got grandchildren. I have never met any of you but I sure know about you. You are all blessed to have her genes.
    I pray God wraps his strong arms around you all, giving you comfort,strength,peace and the hope for the tomorrows.
    Doug, a little piece of Kathy will always be in my heart and so will you my friend.
    Kathy was one in a million. Now there’s one more star in heaven shining bright, look up…. and feel her love!

    all my love, Kay

  7. Greeley COMy condolences to you–I did not know Kathy well, but I did know she loved you all very much. She was proud of you! You loved her, as well. You brought her joy! May God bless you and keep you and bring you comfort. Remember you wear her love–that never ends.

  8. Fargo ND
    Strand Family, we were so sorry to hear about Kathy. She was a good and kind person…..We, unfortunately, are out of state this week and can not be at the visitation or funeral, but we want you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Hillsboro ND
    So sorry for your loss. I was glad I was able to meet your Mom at your wedding Mark. She will always be with you.

  10. Lisbon StateDougie, all of your wonderful children and grandchildren, and of course Muriel,

    My heart goes out to you all. Kathy was all of what Marianne wrote. She was one ball of energy …..She saw good in life and stood tall and marched on. One thing I must say, she was so so proud of each of her fabulous kids. “fabulous” was her word. I never met any of you but I sure know about you! Then The “wonderful” children she gained with each wedding…..But you all really did her proud with the addition of the grandkids!!

    Your all blessed with genes of this mighty little lady. She is a friend that will always be in my heart…….Dougie, you too. So many good memories of you both.

    You all continue in my prayer for Gods comfort,strength,peace and love.

    There’s one more star in the heavens, she’ll be shining bright on us all.

    All my love, Kay

  11. Your Family’s are in our prayers. Kathy was a great, fun, and loving person. Our memories of her will be cherished!

  12. Bismarck ND
    Remembering your MOM! Her laugh, Her smile, Her voice, Her style.
    Her strength, Her poise, Her gifts, Her joys.
    Her words, Her grace, Her eyes, Her face.
    Her love, her life, and everything that made your Mom so special to you will live on through your memories.
    So sorry for your loss!
    My prayers are with you! Marianne

  13. Fargo ND
    I was so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a fun gal. So glad she made it over for coffee a while back. My sympathies to her whole family. I’d be at the service but will be out of town. My prayers will be with you all.

  14. Bismarck North Dakota
    Sorry to hear about your loss of a great Lady.
    Kathy was such a great Friend our Family.
    We will all miss her and your Family is in our prayers.

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