Jean Martha Hale, Rugby, North Dakota was born on Monday, August 9, 1920 and died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Heart of America Care Center, Rugby.
Jean was born to Leslie and Olive (Cull) Hale at Hamilton, North Dakota. She moved with her parents to Westhope, North Dakota in 1926. She attended Westhope schools and graduated as Valedictorian from Westhope High School in 1938.
She was a telephone operator and clerk at the Red Owl grocery store in Westhope. She then attended Minot Business College graduating in 1952. She moved to Rugby, North Dakota and worked as a bookkeeper for C&G, Inc for 34 years, retiring in 1985.
Jean adopted her niece, Yvonne (Jeanne) Hale at an early age. Together, Jean and her sister, Alma, raised Jeanne.
Jean was an avid crafter, always sewing, crocheting, cross-stitch and such. She enjoyed making many handmade afghans. Jean was an excellent baker. She was known for her homemade pastries and doughnuts.
Jean attended the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Rugby.
Grateful for sharing her life are her daughter Jeanne Duchscher (Tim), Parker, South Dakota. Two grandchildren: Cynthia Jean (Dave) Olsen, Woodridge, Illinois and Christopher (Joanna “Joey”) Duchscher, Santa Monica, California. She also leaves her sister, Alma, Rugby, and a brother Bill, Dallas, Oregon and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Annabel Shelton, brothers, Harvey and Jack.
Funeral services will be held at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, Rugby on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Nathan Steen officiating and Barbara Lee as pianist. The casket bearers will be Chris and Tim Duchscher, Gary Lee, Ross McDougall, Joe Mattern, and Dave Olsen.
Visitation will be at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Friday from 4-7 PM and an hour before the service at the church on Saturday.
Burial will be in the spring at Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.
Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby.
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