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Marlene Hoffman

Jan 16, 2021

Mar. 13, 1943 – Jan. 7, 2021

Marlene Anne (Ekren)

Anderson Hoffman was

born to Myron and Myrtle

(Haugen) Ekren on March

13, 1943 in Rugby, North

Dakota. She died at the

age of 77 years on Thurs-

day, January 7, 2021 at

the Heart of America Care

Center in Rugby.

Marlene was born with

her twin sister who sur-

vived only a few hours.

She was raised in the

home of her parents in

Rugby and was educated

in the Rugby school sys-

tem. While attending

school she met her future

husband, Donald A.

Anderson. The couple

were married on April 1,

1960. After living in Rug-

by their first year of mar-

ried life the couple moved

to Pleasant Lake where

they raised their three

children, Dawn, David

and Debra and farmed.

She enjoyed being a

homemaker raising their

children, taking meals to

the field, baking and sew-

ing. Everything Marlene

did, she did well. Getting

off the school bus to the

smell of fresh buns was a

memory the children have

never forgotten. Marlene

was known for her

donuts, making many

batches for family and

friends. She was a go-to

person for many years

when it came to altera-

tions of any type of

clothing—such as prom

dresses, wedding dresses,

jeans, coats . . . whatever

anyone needed to be

fixed. It was important to

Marlene that her children

were always brightly

dressed for the first day of

school every year in a

new home sown outfit.

Marlene began working in

retail in Rugby when her

children were in junior

high and high school.

She worked at Myhre’s

Fashion for many years

and then at the Pamida

Store. One of her

highlights while working

for Bob Myhre was the op-

portunity to go with to

market, something she

talked about for a long


Her husband Donald

passed away February 15,

1985, six weeks short of

their 25th wedding an-

niversary. Marlene

moved into Rugby at that

time, not wanting to be

alone on the farm. She

continued to work and

followed along with her

children’s lives as they

grew. She married Don

Hoffman November 15,

1998. The couple contin-

ued to live in Rugby

where they were active in

the community. Marlene

loved her bingo and the

Pepsi Cola at the Rugby

Eagle’s Club. She won

her share of big prizes.

Marlene is survived by

her husband, Don Hoff-

man of Rugby; a daughter

Dawn Anderson of Minot;

a son, David (Bea) of

Charlotte, North Carolina;

7 grandchildren; Casey

(Staci) Hoffart, Derek Hof-

fart; Matthew (Bri) Ander-

son, Katie Anderson, Co-

lin Anderson; Danielle

(Cole) DeFries and Rachel

Faller; 6

great-grandchildren; Cay-

den, Isaak, Finnley, Emer-

syn, Evan and Ella; broth-

ers; Leland (Connie) and

Curtis (Jane) Ekren, all of

Rugby; brother-ln-law

Loren (MaryAnn) Ander-

son of Minneapolis, Min-

nesota; and sister-in-law

JoAnn Anderson of Or-

mand Beach, Florida;

several nieces, nephews

and many relatives and

friends. She was preceded

in death by her first hus-

band, Donald Anderson;

daughter, Debra Anderson

Faller and her parents.

Do to COVID-19, the

family is planning to have

services for Marlene in

the spring/summer of


Casket Bearers: All

Family & Friends

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner.

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