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Mavis H. Gjovig
October 20, 1940 - December 2, 2017

Place of Birth: Tioga, North Dakota
Residence: Crosby, North Dakota
Age: 77

Mavis H. Gjovig was born Oct. 20, 1940 to John and Ruth (Carlson) Imsland.
Mavis was a hard working woman, no job was ever to big. She worked at Divide County High School as a custodian until her retirement. All the staff appreciated her hard work to keep the school looking great all the time. Mavis was the unofficial councilor to the kids at DCHS, she always had an open ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on if needed. A trusted confidant to all the kids, her nieces, and nephews.
Mavis enjoyed entertaining and cooking for family holidays. Her homemade fudge and chocolate covered caramels were the best ever!! She always put others in front of herself. For years she would make homemade soup and dinners and bring them to Lyle and Lana’s grandpa, Ronnie.
Mavis enjoyed refinishing old furniture, ceramics, and painting scenes from Alaska, a state she dearly loved and called home for 10 plus years. She was very active in the social media scene. Above all, she loved to read anything from romance novels to old westerns.
Her grandchildren were the greatest joy to her. She loved to teach them their colors by using M&Ms and building them tents out of blankets and chairs. She was extremely proud of Ariel for graduating with honors while in high school as well as a two-year college degree also with honors.
This caring mom and grandma is survived by her children, Tim Heuer, Noonan, ND, Lyle (Stephanie) Gjovig, York, ND, Lana (Jay) Mason, Rapid City, SD, and her caregiver, Dan Dodson, Crosby, ND; grandchildren, Ariel, Andrew, Dylan, Logan, Harley, Brady, and her great nephew, Jonathan, whom she called her grandson.
Mavis is preceded in death by her son, Leo, parents, brothers, Bud and Oscar Imsland, nephew, Byron Imsland, and great niece, Kelsie Myers.

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Rod Gillund (Crosby, , ND)
Dec 6, 2017
To Mavis' family:

I worked at the high school during the time your mom worked there. She was a noble, true friend with a fabulous sense of wit and humor as well someone who took a great deal of pride in her work. She was a responsible person.

My wife, Sharon, had surgery in Minot on Tuesday. I picked up the Minot Daily that evening and learned of your mom's funeral scheduled for earlier that day. Had the situation been different, I would have attended the funeral.

Our sympathy to you and your families.

Rod Gillund
marilyn jarvis (shoreline, WA 98177)
Dec 6, 2017
I was devastated to see Mavis obituary in the Journal. She was my best friend growing up and our Mothers were best friends. I just played an online game with her last week! We had such fun on the farm....so many memories....and I stayed with her one summer when we were teens. I saw her in 2007 and I will definitely miss her. My condolences to the family.

Sheila Broyhill (Zahl, NORTH DAKOTA)
Dec 7, 2017
Mrs. Gjovig sounds like a wonderful person. She seems to have loved young people, as do I. She will surely be missed by many. I hope you can find comfort in the promise from God to resurrect our loved ones to life here on a paradise earth. There she will have many more opportunities to make a difference in some young lives. JW.org
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