EarlaMae Erickson, age 89, of Moorhead, formerly of French Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Eventide Lutheran Home of Moorhead.
She was born March 10, 1924, in Litchfield, to William and Clara (Nelson) Benson.
EarlaMae grew up on the farm between Kingston and Happy Corner, attended school first in Kingston, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1941.
She attended Sunday school at the Swedish Mission Church of French Lake, and was confirmed there Oct. 11, 1936.
As a young girl, EarlaMae worked at the Annandale Bakery, then the Sweet Shop of Cokato, Fitzgerald’s, Northland Canning, Richwell Furniture, and finally, the Annandale Dairy Queen.
EarlaMae married Vernon Erickson March 28, 1942, at the Grace Lutheran Church of French Lake. They lived on the Erickson home place and shared 61 years of marriage. God blessed them with four children.
As a young wife and mother, EarlaMae received the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She and Vernon were members of Grace Lutheran Church, where EarlaMae taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, and was an active member in Ladies Aid, Bible study, and Bible school. Bible camp was very important to her.
EarlaMae and Vernon also belonged to Our Saviors Lutheran Church of French Lake, and were charter members of Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato; as well as members of the Hauge Federation.
EarlaMae enjoyed sewing, quilting, embroidery, writing, and entertaining. Her family was most important to her.
Vernon passed away in 2003; and EarlaMae moved to Eventide Lutheran Home of Moorhead in 2005.
She is survived by her children, James of Annandale, Joan of Moorhead, Michael (Bev) of Annandale, and Marlys (Daniel) Lund of Moorhead; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Audrey Inselman of South Haven; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Vernon, EarlaMae was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Opel Hamel, Ilene Anderson, and Pauline Norberg; son-in-law Sophus Mathison; and daughter-in-law Alice Erickson
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.