Marie Gussiaas, age 81, of Carrington, ND, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6, 2014, surrounded by those that meant the most, her family. Marie courageously battled cancer and died with dignity.
Marie Carr was born on February 6, 1933, the daughter of Edward and Irene (Theis) Carr at her parents farm in rural Carrington. She graduated from Carrington High School in 1951.
On December 24, 1956, Marie was united in marriage to Mervin Gussiaas of Carrington. She had worked as a bookkeeper at Farmers Union Oil Company. Marie and Mervin enjoyed traveling to many states and countries. They both loved farming and working together. Marie was interested in politics and enjoyed traveling but her true interest and passion was gardening. She also loved cooking and entertaining family and friends. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with them. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were especially meaningful to her.
She was actively involved in several organizations, and sat on the boards of Carrington Hospital Auxiliary, Putnam House, Carrington Township, and served as a 4-H leader for many years.
Marie is survived by her four children, Kevin of Manhattan, NY, Karen (Robbie) Smith, Monticello, MN, Roger (Nurgul) of Carrington, and Kathy (Curt) Reynolds, Chaska, MN; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren, two brothers, James (Connie) Carr and Michael (Darlene) Carr both of Carrington; sisters-in-law, Ingeborg Carr and Judy Swanson both of Carrington, and Mabel (Daris) Bittner, Cathay, ND; and brothers-in-law Henry (Phyllis) Gussiaas, Carrington, and Laverne (Beatrice) Gussiaas, New Rockford, ND.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mervin, in 2000; her parents, Edward and Irene Carr; and two brothers, Raymond and Patrick Carr.
Visitation: Thursday, 5-7:00 PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND
Prayer Service: Thursday at 7:00 PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington
Funeral Service: Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Interment: Carrington Cemetery, Carrington, ND
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