My Mother

Oct. 3rd, 2009 11:38 am
[personal profile] n2kaja
Because the Obituary I wrote for my mother didn't make it to the papers before someone else posted one I thought I would post mine here so at least my writing it wasn't in vain.
and here I can say more then I planned.

Dagny Synnove Bolken passed away peacefully at Mukilteo Sunset home in Mukilteo Washington with her daughter Melody by her side,

on Sept 25th 2009 just two months before her 93rd Birthday. We'll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace she always gave us.

There will l never be another one to replace her in our hearts, and the love we will always have for her.

She was devoted to her family, loving, forgiving and caring, not only to her own children and grandchildren

but also her nephews, nieces and and even strangers that happened on her door step.

Dagny loved to sing and often her sweet soprano voice could be heard on Sunday mornings singing solos as well as with the choir.

She sang lullaby s to her children and grandchildren while she rocked them to sleep. She played the piano right up to her last days, Dagny also loved to dance and

instilled the love of music and dance to those around her. She embraced her Norwegian heritage and every holiday would fill her

home with the smells of beautiful ornate cookies, candies, cakes and breads from handed down recipes.

She might be best known for her overnight buns that will always be remembered by everyone lucky enough

to have taste them. "Grandma's Buns are Best" the Sticker on her refrigerator read.

Everyone that came to visit always felt at home hanging around in her kitchen.

Dagny Anderson was born November 23rd 1916 into a large family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters, all whom proceeded her in death.

She grew up on the prairies of North Dakota, in times before electricity, running indoor water, or even before phones reached the area.

To venture into town meant catching the horses and hooking the team up to the wagon, or ride horseback. Most of her life was spent being on the farm, she

milked the cows, gathered eggs, loved her cats and dogs, and even her pet birds.

Married June 5th 1934 at 17 years old to Harold Bolken, a marriage that lasted 67 years, Dagny took care of Harold during his last years while he suffered from

Alzheimers. She rarely asked for help believing it was her responsibility. Harold proceeded her in death in 2002.

In her life time Dagny gave birth to 7 children, her oldest son Harold Dagfin passed away at 2 days old.

Then came Olaf, married to wife Jannis in Terrebonne Oregon. Paul, his wife Sue Ann of Whitefish Montana and Luther of Corvallis, Oregon.

Her first daughter is Melody, married to Lewis Hunsberger in Mukilteo Washington, Nolan and wife Jennifer of Atlanta, Georgia and finally

Kaja and her Husband Paul Malouf of Canberra Australia. Dagny has 18 grandchildren (oldest grandson Hans preceded in death 2005),

22 great grandchildren, many great great grand children, and host of relatives and friends all left to cherish her memory

She will be dearly missed by us all.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Vancouver Washington. She will reside next to her Husband and Son in Arnegard, North Dakota, where
she was raised and lived a large part of her life.

My mother was my best friend.
She was always there for me, she drove me to the hospital when my 1st born arrived at 26 weeks. She stood by my side and it was hard for her because of loosing her own 1st born.
She stayed with me after I had a miscarriage between Torfinn and Iver. Always willing to take time out of her own life to comfort one of her children.
She helped me raise my 3 sons Torfinn, Iver, and Ian. She treated them like her own and instilled so many good values in them.
I am so proud to have Dagny has my mother.

Date: 2009-10-03 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hugs. Well-written.

Date: 2009-10-03 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was wonderfully written. *hugs*

Date: 2009-10-03 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She sounds like a remarkable woman. Sixty seven years married? That is exceptional.

You are fortunate indeed to have had her in your life. My deepest condolences.

Date: 2009-10-03 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was lovely, Kaja.

Date: 2009-10-03 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well said. It was a good life and you are lucky to have the memories of her.


Date: 2009-10-03 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow that was amazing to read! She sounded like a beautiful woman! *hugs*

Date: 2009-10-04 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was a very touching read. She must have been an amazing woman.

I am so sorry for your loss.




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