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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Verlene M. Mahlum
January 29, 1942 - July 25, 2020

Place of Birth: Belden, North Dakota
Residence: Stanley, North Dakota
Age: 78

Verlene Mahlum, 78, of Stanley, ND, passed away on July 25, 2020 in the Stanley hospital after suffering a massive stroke.

Verlene was born January 29, 1942 in Belden, ND to William and Mary Maki. She attended country school in the Belden area and went to Stanley Highschool until grade 10 when she became sick with Scarlet fever. She was the youngest child with 4 older brothers. At age 17 she married Darrel Sanderson on October 21st, 1959. To this union was born Karen, Wayne and Dale.

On March 7, 1969 her husband Darrel passed away due to an accident on the job and later in 1971 she lost her 7 year old son Wayne in an accidental shooting while he was playing at a neighbor's house.

On May 11, 1973 Verlene married Ellsworth Mahlum and together they moved to the Mahlum family homestead south of Blaisdell. To this union was born Christine.

Throughout her life Verlene was always busy working. She was mainly the homemaker and farm helper and director of operations :) until her youngest daughter turned 8. Verlene then went to work in Parshall in a restaurant. Throughout her life she had many different jobs, cooking, sewing, wood working crafts, cleaning and working with the elderly. The family started making the move to Stanley in 1987. She lost her husband Ellsworth in 2013.

She was a humorous, feisty, Finnlander, speaking mostly English but also razzed her family and friends in Finnish. She was a strong survivor of life's turmoil, using her blunt, direct humor to make many friends along the way.

She is survived by her daughter Karen, son Dale, daughter Christine, daughter in law Wendy, grandchildren Heidi, Bobbie Jo, Katy, Tyler, Colter and Aurora.

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Julie Fulton
Jul 29, 2020
So sorry to hear of your mom passing away. I really enjoyed her. She was quite a remarkable woman. She left a lot of good memory will be with me.
Shari (Abrahamson) Selzler (Beulah, ND)
Jul 30, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel.
Kathy Ellingson (Stanley, Nd)
Jul 30, 2020
So sorry about your loss. I enjoyed visiting and teasing your mom when she would cone up for dinners at the Golden Age Center. She loved to tease right back. Bless your memories.
BRUCE RODENHIZER (STANLEY, ND)
Jul 30, 2020
MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES TO VERLENE'S FAMILY 7 MAY HER PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER, O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE AMEN FROM A LONG TIMES FRIEND BRUCE RODENHIZER
Donna Bieri (dodge, ND)
Jul 30, 2020
Sorry for your loss.
Rev. Ken Michaelis (Porterfield, Wisconsin)
Aug 4, 2020
I remember Verlene as I conducted the funeral services for her first husband and her son. She endured alot. God's peace to her and her family.
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