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Thelma Pownell

Dec 11, 2015


Thelma A. Pownell, 83, Fargo, formerly York and Devils Lake, ND, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.

Thelma was born February 7, 1932 on a farmstead northeast of Leeds, ND., to Charles and Esther (Wiegel) Urness. She attended schools at Zion, ND. and Leeds, ND., where she graduated from high school in May, 1951. She attended Minot State Teachers College and taught country schools for four years near Churches Ferry, Maddock and Edmore, ND. She attended Sunday school and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Leeds. On June 18, 1956 she married Clifford Pownell at Leeds Lutheran Church. They lived and farmed north of York until 1994 when they moved to Sunwest Acres, west of Devils Lake. Thelma moved to Fargo in 2004 and was a resident of Bethany Retirement Living until her passing.

Thelma taught Sunday school in York and was a member of the Ladies Aide, American Legion Auxiliary, Good Samaritan recreation club and the 55 club of Knox.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Cindy (Dean) Todd, Hendrum, MN, Cheryl (Rodger) Donegan, Harwood, ND, 3 grandchildren; Daniel (Alicia Fraser) Todd, Patrick Donegan, Jeffrey Donegan, siblings; Lewis (Adeline) Urness, Jim (Elayne) Urness, Joseph (Jean) Urness, Sonja Johnson, Gloria Bracken, Ramona (Clifford) Horner and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clifford, brothers, Clifford Urness and Benjamin Urness and infant sister, Hazel Urness, grandson, William Todd, son-in-law, Daryl Rice.

Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:30 P.M.

Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Leeds Lutheran Church with visitation starting at 9:30 A.M.

Burial: York Cemetery, York ND.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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