Nov. 6, 1932 – Feb. 9, 2020
Bless her heart, Lucyle Fossum, 87, of Rugby would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call, on Feb. 9, an offer she couldn’t refuse, for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This assignment comes with great benefits and a reunion with her beloved Ron and family and friends she has not seen in a long time. Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, crocheting, gardening and watching Fox News to her heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce or have to check your blood-sugar.
On November 6, 1932 Fredrick & Hannah Marchand of Overly welcomed Lucyle Ann Fossum to their family. She graduated from Willow City High School in 1951 and worked as a telephone operator. In 1960 she married her life-long love, Ronald Fossum. They had two intelligent and ambitious boys (according to her), Mark and Randy.
She enjoyed visiting with friends and family, playing cards and games (often cheating or changing the rules), and crocheting scrubbies and doilies.
She will be remembered for her attention to tidiness. Ron always said that he was afraid to get up in the middle of the night because she would probably make the bed before he got back in it. She washed everything with Basic H cleaner, from her clothes to her wedding gown to her false teeth.
But her favorite thing to do was ironing- her clothes and others, and even her money! She may be the only person in history to wear out her iron.
Never one to hold back, we fondly called her “Marie” from the Everybody Loves Raymond TV show, because she frequently blurted out her opinion with no filter. You never questioned what she thought.
Her favorite people were her Grandkids, also smart and ambitious. They loved spending the night with her and eating her famous crinkle cookies. She always made sure they knew how much she loved them and that she was proud of them.
Her favorite place on earth was Arizona, where she enjoyed the warm weather, driving her golf cart around the park and visiting her countless friends.
She spent the last year and a half of her life living at the Haaland Estates, which she referred to as “a wonderful place” even though she jokingly called herself an “inmate.” She won the hearts of the staff and loved each one. She enjoyed putting together puzzles with her favorite pal, Anna, and watching Fox News and TBN.
Her final wish for everyone is to vote Republican.
Those missing her include her sons Mark of Deer River, MN, and Randy (Tammy) of Rugby. Grandchildren Jenna of Minot, Brady of Rugby, and Madison of Grand Forks. Sister Barbara Merrick of Bottineau. Sister-in law Yvonne Marchand of Bismarck. Brothers-in-law Phil (Clarice) Fossum of Rugby, Robert (Marilyn) Fossum of Danbury, NE and John Fossum of Surprise, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is reunited with her parents; her husband Ronald; her brothers Fred, Donald and Francis; and her sister Donna Owens.Lucy had the most contagious smile and she lit up every room she entered. Although she will be missed by many, she would want us to smile at the memories, and to find comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with the love of her life, and with the Lord whom she worshipped fearlessly her entire life.
Her favorite saying to everyone was “Bless your heart.” Bless your heart, dear Lucy, and enjoy your new calling.
Join us in celebrating Lucy’s life on Saturday, February 15 at 2 pm at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Rugby. In lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to the Heart of America Hospital Auxiliary.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry:www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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