April 14, 1938 ~ July 1, 2021
Marlys Darleen Kersting, who was born on April 14, 1938, peacefully passed away on July 1, 2021 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. On January 4, 1958, Marlys wed James Kersting Sr., and they spent 63 blissful years loving one another and creating a beautiful family. Marlys devoted her life to caring for her husband and three children. She was an exceptional crafter and sold wood crafts throughout the state of North Dakota. Marlys was also an incredibly talented quilter and made many masterpieces throughout her life that will be treasured for years to come. Every child and grandchild of hers received a beautiful quilt.
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Marlys knew that she loved with every ounce of her being. Her love was selfless and truly pure. She always put others before herself and never expected anything in return. Marlys was generous, warm, kind, and compassionate. She always saw the best in others and her smile and laugh, which will be passed down for generations to come, was contagious. Marlys could make you laugh so hard it would hurt. She lit up the room with a presence that was so naturally sweet and comforting. Because of this, Marlys made friends everywhere she went.
Marlys exuded kindness and genuine interest in others. She was strong, resilient, and despite all of her own hardships, never failed to continually encourage, support, and deeply love everyone that was fortunate enough to be in her life. The world was a better place because of Marlys. Everyone in her life was a better person because of her example. We are blessed and eternally grateful to have had Marlys in our lives. Marlys, your love and memories will live within everyone forever. You are an angel, our angel, and we love you more.
Marlys is survived by her loving husband, James Kersting; 3 children, James Kersting Jr. (Cheryl); grandchildren, Kristi (Ken), James III (Megan), Sonny (Heather), Angela (Tracy); Kathy Van Dorn (Jon); grandchildren, Jon Jr. (Erin); Alli (Mickey); Joe (Hannah); and Lisa Jones (Jeff); grandchildren, Joey (Angela), Andy, Daniel, and Mike. She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren, her sister Joanne Biesheuvel, and all of her nieces and nephews.
Marlys will be cremated with a service at a later date.