Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ethel Ida Oyen
August 24, 1929 - January 10, 2019

Residence: Williston, ND, formerly of Hanks & Zahl, ND

Ethel I. Oyen, 89, of Williston, ND, formerly of the Hanks and Zahl, ND area, died Thursday evening, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family at the CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Williston, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.

Ethel was born August 24, 1929, on the homestead farm of Hans Anders Oyen and his wife, Grace Oakes Oyen. She joined sisters, Beatrice and Marion, and brother, Andrew, followed by siblings, Herbert, Franklin, Dorothy, Gerry, Gale and Kenneth.

Ethel attended school in Hanks, and was proud of her accomplishment as a basketball player in state tournaments. In 1948, Ethel was in the first Licensed Practical Nurses training program at Mercy Hospital in Williston, ND. Upon completion of her nurses training, Ethel worked at Mercy Hospital for a few years, and then moved to Billings, MT, later to Spokane, WA, then Denver, CO, working in her lifelong nursing profession. While living and working in Denver, Ethel began her career with the VA Hospitals, and eventually moved to Tacoma, WA with the VA Hospitals, where she retired after 24 years of service. She moved back to North Dakota to enjoy her retirement years closer to family.

Ethel enjoyed golfing and playing cards. Family was important to Ethel. She always tried to attend every family function, from nieces and nephews graduations, weddings, siblings anniversary parties, and many family reunions.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Williston for many years.

Ethel is survived by her sister; Dorothy Peterson; brothers, Gerry (Karen) Oyen and Ken Oyen; brother-in-law, Donald Guenther; sister-in-law, Lou Oyen; Stefani, Erik and Liz Pfaff; and many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Hans Oyen and Grace (Clarence Jacobson); sisters, brothers, and siblings spouses: Beatrice (Harvey) Selby, Bud (Marilyn) Oyen, Marian Guenther, Herbert (Norma) Oyen, Franklin Oyen, Gale Oyen, Robert Peterson, and JoAnn Oyen.

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Joy Rustad Rasmussen (Dagmar, Montana)
Jan 13, 2019
So many memories of our experiences in Hanks and the big Oyen house full of kids and singing and fun. I cherish the memories of our adventures and happy times.
Mary Fremstad Mitchell (Lacona, Iowa)
Jan 14, 2019
Norma let me know about Ethel's death. My deepest sympathy. I last saw her in Spokane in 2009 I think,not sure about the year.We had a good visit.Always enjoyed seeing her.
Arthur and Ann Anderson
Jan 15, 2019
We met and got to know Ethel through her sister and brother-in-law Bea and Harvey, our good friends and neighbors. She was always so nice to us, so friendly, so fun and interesting. She gave so much of her life to others through her work. Our deepest sympathy. May God's love and comfort be with her family.
Nancy Hoffelt (Williston , North Dakota)
Jan 15, 2019
My sympathy to Ethel’s family. When she retired and returned to Williston, she was a welcome addition to church, golf, bridge and social groups. Ethel truly was a stylish, pleasant, gracious, caring nurse who will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless her loving family as you mourn her passing.
Joann Imsland (Williston, N.D.)
Jan 16, 2019
My sympathy to all of the Oyen family. We have played cards together for many years.Always looked forward to Thur. Pinochle.Ethel was a very classy lady.
She is now at peace with our Lord . I know she has been sick for quite some time
Darcia Pederson Larsen (Culbertson , Montana)
Jan 17, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Oyen family, my Aunt Dorothy Peterson, cousins: Greg, Greta, Robyn, Ronda and Lisa. I know how special your Aunt Ethel was to you all, as you would talk so fondly of her. I remember her as always such a sweet lady. My heart goes out to you today, and as you go through the days ahead. May you remember the laughter and love you shared with each other to help with the pain of loss. God's Blessings.
Debra Warnke Bensen (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Jan 22, 2019
Sorry to hear of Ethels’s passing. My mother and her were great friends and golfed together often. Prayers for all
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