Posted 4/26/16 (Tue)
Elena Mae Njos, 87, of Williston, N.D., died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston.
Elena was born March 28, 1929, in Schafer, N.D., one of 11 children of Hans and Johanna (Evanger) Evanson.
She attended school in rural McKenzie County, Arnegard and Mayville.
She later met Lloyd Njos of rural Williston. They were married Sept. 4, 1953, in Arnegard.
Elena and Lloyd made Williston their home. They spent the summers on their farm north of Williston and the rest of the year in town where their children attended school and where they were active members of the community.
Elena had a few jobs working for others, but found her niche in life excelling at what she loved most; being a loving and caring farmwife, mother and grandmother.
Elena enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards, sewing, reading, calling friends and relatives, cooking, baking and most of all engaging in quality visits and conversations with family and friends. Cookies, brownies, bars and a fresh pot of coffee where often served before guests had an opportunity to be seated at her kitchen table.
After 38 years of marriage, Lloyd passed away suddenly while fishing with Elena and friends in Canada. Elena continued to travel, visit friends and family, fish, read, and entertain until she entered Bethel Lutheran Home.
Elena will be remembered and deeply missed by her daughter, Deborah (Terry) Buchen of Eagle, Idaho; and two sons, Terry (Betty) of Williston and Steven of Louisville, Ky.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, her brothers, Hans (Joyce) Evanson and Jim (Bonnie) Evanson, all of Livingston, Mont.; Raymond (Joanne) Evanson of Williston; her sister-in-laws, Gladys Evanson, Spokane, Wash. and Beverly Evanson, Fargo, N.D.; along with several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in passing by her husband, Lloyd; her parents; her sisters, Hazel and Helen; and her brothers, Jerome, Wendell, Orville, Gaylord and Edward.
Her funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 27, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Williston. The Rev. Steve Lundblom will officiate and burial will be in Hillside Memorial Cemetery, Williston.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 5p.m. Tuesday at the Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home in Williston and one hour before services Wednesday at the church.