Marlys Hellem, 84, Moorhead, MN passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Lilac Homes surrounded by her family, care providers of Lilac, and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Marlys was born April 21, 1934 in Twin Valley, MN, daughter of Clarence and Myrtle Bjerke. She attended school in Twin Valley and graduated in 1952. She moved to Fargo after graduation. On April 30, 1954 she was united in marriage to Robert Hellem. They lived in Fargo and later moved to Moorhead. Throughout the years she worked for Fargo Glass & Paint, NDSU, Neuropsychiatric Institute, and Meritcare. After retirement, Robert and Marlys enjoyed their winters in Arizona. She was a member of The Lutheran Church of Christ the King and loved music and traveling. Marlys is survived by her children, Scott Hellem, Moorhead, Mark (Shirley) Hellem, St. Paul, MN, and Karen Hellem, Moorhead; grandsons, Anders (Megan) Hellem, Minnetonka, MN and Nick (Kelsey) Hellem, White Bear Lake, MN; sisters, Lois Lease, San Jose, CA and Wanda Wright, Jamestown, ND, and her nieces and nephew. She is preceded in death by her husband, infant son Ryan, and parents. The family would like to express a very special thank you to Lilac Homes and Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

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  1. My deepest condolences to my friend Scott and his family. I knew Marlys only a few years, she got to know me and it feels like we have known each other for a long time.

  2. Marlys had such a lovely and caring heart and she was God’s gift to so many. It was my honor to have spent time with her and to absolutely love her as my sister-in-law….she easily became a part of my heart. I loved you Marlys and you will forever be missed.

  3. Prayers for the family. A celebration for Marlys is in Heaven with Jesus Christ our Savior. I always enjoyed talking with Marlys. I have heard many stories about Marlys from Karen and from them I know that she was a remarkable mother, grandmother and wife. You have left a wonderful legacy in the world Marlys by those you have left behind.

  4. Your family does not know me. I met your mom at Lilac homes, where my mother resides. Your mother was such a sweet beautiful lady. I loved her. I was shocked she passed away. I just came back for the summer from the south and saw her. She smiled sweetly at me when I talked to her. God bless her soul. Karen, Frances Riskey’s daughter.

  5. To my cousins, Mom and Aunt Wanda. I am deeply sorry and feeling your loss. I can not begin to express how I am feeling for each of you. I have wonderful memories of Marlys. And will cherish them all. Love to you all,,,,,,Susie

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