Estelle (Stella) J. Amundson, 83, of Henning

Published 11:20am Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Estelle (Stella) J. Amundson, 83, of Henning, died Monday, Feb 10, 2014, at her home.

Stella was born on Aug. 29, 1930, in Hope, N.D., the daughter of Stewart and Stella (Whitmore) Smith.  She graduated from Deer Creek High School in 1948.

On June 21, 1948, she married Duane Amundson in Henning.

Stella spent her years as a dedicated and hardworking housewife, caring for her husband and their four children.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning, where she taught Sunday School. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Stella was a wonderful golfer and enjoyed going out and playing with friends. Even at 80 years old she could beat most of the younger people on the course. It seemed like every time she came home from a tournament she had taken first place.

She was a family-oriented person and enjoyed a visit from any of her children. She loved to cook and always seemed to be in the kitchen, making a variety of wonderful recipes. Stella enjoyed reading and working crossword puzzles and thoroughly enjoyed whipping her husband in a good game of Scrabble, when she could convince him to play.

On Sept. 12, 2011, Stella had a series of strokes which left her immobilized. Even during her last couple of years of her life, she touched many others with her humor and zest for life. There were certainly a lot of four letter words that came out of her mouth (most of them directed at her husband), but it was who she was and her terms of endearment.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She will be missed and loved always.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and brother, Hall Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Duane of Henning; children, Mike (Paula) Amundson of Henning, Carol Amundson of Henning, Janine (John) Johnston of Henning, Patricia (Neil) Hofland of Bowman, N.D.; grandchildren, Stewart Amundson, Christopher Amundson, Leslie Holland, Mara Martin, Sam Amundson, Maggie Palmer, Shelly Larson, Caleb Larson, Elizabeth Smith, Rachel Larson; great-grandchildren, Justin Morris, Isabella, Alexander, Mitchell and Pierce Martin, Sabastian, Jewels and Drake Amundson, Daniel and Amanda Larson, Asher and Landon Smith, Keisha, Patrick, Jacob and Sarah Larson; and a great great-grandson, Aiden Larson.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Henning. A buffet luncheon will be served at Oakwood Supper Club following the service.


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