Posted 9/26/12 (Wed)
Adeline Ley, 94, of Watford City, N.D., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander. Pastor Rob Favorite will officiate and interment will follow at the Alexander Cemetery.
Adeline Caren Skedsvold was born May 14, 1918, at Alexander, N.D., to Anton and Anna Skedsvold. She was baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church and received her formal education at Alexander.
She attended business college in Grand Forks, N.D., and worked for five years at the Grand Forks Herald as advertising secretary. During the war years, she worked in the Public Relations Department at Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle.
She was united in marriage to Albert H. Ley on Oct. 26, 1945, in Seattle, where they made their home until 1947 when they returned to Alexander. She worked with her husband in insurance and income tax work. She served as secretary-treasurer of the McKenzie County Mutual Insurance Company for 31 years. She was active in organizing the Lewis & Clark Museum and served as secretary-treasurer for several years.
The Leys moved to Payson, Ariz., in 1984, but returned to North Dakota to spend the summer months several years in their motor home. She was an associate member of the Mount Cross Lutheran Church, of Payson. The couple returned to Bismarck, N.D., in 1995 where they resided until Adeline moved to Horizon’s, Watford City, N.D., in 2010 and most recently the Good Shepherd Home.
Adeline was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, of Alexander, an active member of the ALC Women and the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered with the Talking Books program at the North Dakota State Library.
Adeline was a master lefse-maker and enjoyed teaching the skill to others. She continued making it until the age of 85.
She is survived by two sons, Gary (Vicki), of Fargo, N.D., and Bruce (Arlis), of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter, Carol, of Bismarck, N.D.; three grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie), Joshua (Alice) and Erin (Cody) Stieg; five great-grandchildren, Marit, Henning, Daedyn, Andrew and Kate; one brother, Arne (Joyce) Skedsvold; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceeding her in death were her parents; husband of 61 years, Albert; and brothers, Carl, Gunder, Alfred and Obert.