On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Laila Marketta Strand, of Fargo, passed away at age of 63.
Laila was born in Michigan, ND to Onni and Vieno (Niskanen) Maatta on October 17, 1955. She grew up in Brocket, ND and attended school in Lakota, ND. She met her best friend, Helen Kennedy while attending NDSU. From the sounds of it, they had many great times together some of which are not fit for publication.
In 1977, she married Ron Strand in Brocket, ND. In 1980, Brendan was born, followed by Jordan in 1983, and Meghan in 1986.
Laila has always had a passion for creative endeavors and enjoyed spending her free time planning projects and crafts. Her creativity showed itself in how she made a beautiful home and in the way that she tried to make magical moments in the raising of her children and this is pre-Pinterest, mind you. She threw a birthday party where her boys got to decorate t-shirts with their friends. There were the times she put sleeping bags on the deck and cuddled with her children under the stars. Many nights, a plain bowl of ice cream would contain a surprise candy bar. She sewed costumes for Halloween and decorated her house for Christmas like she was hoping for a holiday photo spread in Home and Gardens Magazine.
Laila loved music and it was the backing track for much of her life. She is remembered for playing Aerosmith, Queen, Billy Joel, The Beatles, and Elton John while hanging out with friends on Friday nights, cleaning house, or refinishing furniture. On Thursday nights, when Ron was playing darts, she would put records on and fold clothes while her children danced and sang along to the music.
While somewhat out-shown by her husband’s sense of humor, she was known for a keen sense of humor that was equal parts biting wit and dry as vermouth. If you were cut to the bone by her wit, you were loved.
She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ron. She is survived by her children, Brendan Strand, Jordan Strand, and Meghan Strand (Matthew Williams), her grandpuppies and grandkitties, her sisters Marja Nygaard and Paula (Jim) Lindvall, and her best friend, Helen Kennedy.
Her visitation will be held at Boulger Funeral Home 123 10th St S, Fargo, ND 58103 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm where we can share in her memory and celebrate her life.