Posted 2/29/12 (Wed)
Millie Jean Ceynar–Wold, 87, formerly of rural Arnegard, most recently of Good Shepherd Nursing Home of Watford City, N.D., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Millie Jean Kellogg was born May 25, 1924, to Lettie Uhlman Kellogg and Thomas B. Kellogg at Polar, Wis. At an early age, Millie Jean, her mother, and brother, Thomas, moved back to her mother’s family ranch known as the Uhlman ranch north of Arnegard along the big Missouri River. Millie Jean and her brother went to grade school at the Uhlman Ranch house then on to graduate from Watford City High School. On Dec. 2, 1941, she married Arnold Gale Ceynar at Bud and Hennie Star’s ranch located near Fairview, Mont. Their first home was the bunkhouse at the Uhlman ranch where their two oldest sons were born.
After serving our country for two years in the army, Arnold returned home in 1946. Then in 1947, Arnold moved his young family to Havre, Mont., where he worked for the railroad. Millie Jean worked at the Sacred Heart Hospital where she became an LPN. The two youngest sons were born while the family lived in Havre.
In 1958, Millie Jean and her family moved back to North Dakota to work and buy the new ranch located in the badlands on the Little Missouri River, south of Arnegard. The new property was purchased due to the development of Lake Sakakawea which flooded the original Uhlman ranch.
Millie Jean was always a caretaker. Her desire to nurture ran full circle from bottle lambs and calves, people, 4-H members and her dogs and cats. She was a 4-H leader for 32 years, President of the 4-H council, friend of 4-H, served on the N.D. Farm Bureau board and went to schools for many years educating children with the ABCs of Farm Safety. She was an active member of the 50 years in the Saddle Club. She served as secretary and historian for several years and she kept wonderful records. Being very adamant about preserving history, Millie Jean headed up the construction of the stone monument “Chandler Memorial” located across from the entrance to the North Unit of Roosevelt National Park. She was a pioneer in nutrition believing so strongly in its importance that two of her sons went on to national science fairs proving her beliefs. Millie Jean will always be remembered for her homemade buns and divinity, which she shared with everyone.
Millie Jean loved the Lord and took her boys to church, which was no easy task from the remote ranch in the badlands. In her later years, she asked Jesus into her heart and made Him her personal savior. Her faith grew stronger with every new day.
Arnold died Aug. 3, 1997. Millie Jean continued to live at the ranch until September, 2004, when she married Milton Wold and moved to Watford City. Upon Milton’s death on July 6, 2006, Millie Jean moved into the Horizon where she made her home until the fall of 2011 when she went into the nursing home. Millie Jean was admitted to the McKenzie County Hospital where she spent her final days with her family by her side.
She is survived by her children Arnold L. and Sandy of Glendive, Mont., David T. and wife, Virginia, of Watford City, N.D., Dr. Robert G. and wife, Kathy, of Williston, N.D., William E. and wife, Sharon, of Arnegard, N.D.; her brother, Thomas and Donna Kellogg; three sisters-in-law, 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold Ceynar; husband, Milton Wold, and four brothers-in-law.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Watford City Assembly of God Church in Watford City, N.D. Rev. Sheldon McGorman officiated and interment was held at the Riverview Cemetery at Williston, N.D.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.fulkersons.com