Ardyce Ruth (Morris) Kotila, age 88, of Cokato, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013.
She was born March 11, 1925, to Emil and Hannah (Hill) Morris in Minneapolis.
Ardyce was baptized and confirmed at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, where she remained a lifetime member.
She attended Birch Lake country school, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1938.
Ardyce married Nels Kotila May 29, 1943. To this union, five children were born.
They farmed together on their farm north of Cokato until they moved to the Cokato apartments.
Ardyce enjoyed sewing, weaving, quilting, gardening, and visiting. She especially enjoyed entertaining her family and friends for Saturday night sauna.
Ardyce and Nels spent many winters in Yuma, AZ.
Ardyce entered Cokato Manor July 2007.
She is survived by her children, Karen (Larry) Goga, Kathy (Del) Young, Ruth (Darrel) Miller, Mark (Joan) Kotila of Cokato, and Susie Hutchins of Hutchinson; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; sister Betty (Arden) Severson; brother-in-law Martin (Joyce) Kotila; sisters-in-law Maria Morris and Impie Olson, both of Cokato; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Ardyce was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Hannah; husband Nels; brother Russell Morris; and son-in-law Chuck Hutchins.
Funeral services took place Monday, June 10 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, followed by interment at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, with a 7 p.m. prayer service; and continued Monday, one hour prior to services at the church.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato handled the arrangements.