LaDonna Mae Salmonson
Sep. 29, 1939 – Jan. 30, 2020
LaDonna Mae Salmonson, the daughter of Chris Sr. and Myrtle (Colborn) Hoopman, was born on September 29, 1939 in Bottineau County, North Dakota. She died at the age of 80 years on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family.
LaDonna was born in Bottineau County and lived there until age five when her and her family moved to a farm in Rolette County. There, she grew up helping on the family farm, raising livestock, tending to the garden, helping her mother with household chores and helping care for her siblings. She enjoyed working with the farm animals, especially her horse, Babe. She could often be found riding Babe across the pastures to visit the neighbors. She received her education from Dunseith Public School and after graduating, she attended the Beauty Academy in Bismarck. She then returned to Dunseith and began waitressing at Dales Truck Stop, The Crystal Cafe and later began her career as a nurse’s aide at San Haven State Hospital for the developmentally disabled for the next 29 years, until its closure in 1988. La-
Donna met Harlan Salmonson in 1958 and were married in October 1959. They purchased a farm and made their home in the Turtle Mountains north of Dunseith. They were blessed with three children, daughter, Carolyn; son, Gregory and daughter, Debora and raised them on their farm.
Over the years, LaDonna continued to work at San Haven as well as on the family farm. Each spring, she planted a huge garden that produced much of the families produce for the year. She also helped to raise the livestock that the family depended on to make a living which included sheep, hogs, cattle, chickens and turkeys as well as helping to farm the land. There were also many pets; horses, dogs and cats
to name a few and a lot of ‘bottle babies’ which included lambs, pigs and calves of which most of them at one point had to live in the basement of the house when they were young and it was too cold for them outside. ‘Tump’ as she was lovingly nick-named and well known to everyone, was a kindhearted, generous women who spent the majority of her life caring for others. She was the definition of a true care-giver. LaDonna was a wonderful Mother to her own children as well as to many foster children. During her 29 years at San Haven, she cared for many residents. In 1988 when San Haven closed, she opened her own Elder care business in her home on the farm. The year 2000, she moved the business to Rugby, where they purchased a large house and continued to grow the Elder Care business until her illness in 2019.
LaDonna loved the holidays and her two favorites were Christmas and Halloween. She would go above and beyond decorating the whole house, inside and out for both holiday’s. On Halloween, she would open
up her ‘haunted’ house to everyone and pass out candy to all of the more than 200 people that would pass through. She liked entertaining and would often have family and friends over for a special gathering or just for coffee. She collected antiques, angels and rocks. This past summer, she got to check off a bucket list item and flew to Alaska with Greg and Leta and during her visit, she collected more rocks and
filled a suitcase full to bring home.
LaDonna is survived by her special friend, Douglas Pierson of Rugby; children, Carolyn (Brian) Johnson of rural Bottineau, Gregory (Leta) Salmonson of Bismarck and Debora (Shanon) Metcalfe of rural Dunseith;
grandchildren, Wade (Sharon) Johnson of Rugby, Kelly (Joe) Warren of Kirkland, WA, Carmin Johnson of Bottineau, Justene (Kane) Gjermundson of rural Marshall, Tyrel Metcalfe of Bottineau, Tracy (Travis) Cassavant of rural Dunseith, Robin St. Claire of Mandan, Kristie (Pierre) Barbot of Grand Forks, Chris Harrison of Minot and Deklan Snider of Mandan; great grandchildren, Addison and Oliver Warren, Levi and Mavis Johnson, Hollynn and Jet Gjermundson, Lacey (Kendall) Johnson, Whitney (Matthew) Foster, Hailey and Carter Casavant, Shaiyan Davis, David Jr. and Sarah St. Claire and Pierce, Samantha, Alexander and Aria Barbot; great-great grandchildren, Alli, Hailynn Belgarde, Lexiss DeMarce and Embry Foster; brothers, Kenneth (Carolyn Jean) Hoopman of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Ronald Hoopman (Jillian Nord-berg) of Inver Grover Heights, MN, Gary (Mary) Hoopman of Vermillion, MN and Garrett (Debra Koonst) of rural Dunseith; numerous nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. LaDonna was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Salmonson (Dec. 4, 2009); her parents, Chris Sr. (1995) and Myrtle Hoopman (1999); brothers, Wesley, Donald and Chris Jr.; sister-in-law, Janet Hoopman; grandparents; aunts and uncles.
The family of LaDonna would like to thank each of you for your kind thoughts, words, prayers and deeds during this difficult time. With special thanks to Tracy Casavant for the blessing of her gentle care and loving kindness she gave Mom during her illness.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4th at First Lutheran Church in Rugby with spring burial in the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau. Pastor Sharon Baker, officiating.
Organist: Pam Anderson
Soloist: Steve Mueller
Casket Bearers: Doug Hoopman, Jody Hoopman, Travis Casavant, Wade Johnson, Ty Metcalfe and Justin Hoopman
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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