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LaVern M. Jackson

LaVern M. Jackson

LaVern M. Jackson 91, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks.

LaVern Mae Bjorthun was born July 13, 1922 in Grand Forks, ND along with a twin sister, the daughter(s) of Bert and Mina (Benthagen) Bjorthun. She was raised in Grand Forks and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1939. LaVern married Darrell Jackson on April 6, 1948 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Grand Forks. Darrel was a dispatcher with the Great Northern Railroad and was transferred to the Twin Cities in 1977, where they lived until his passing in May of 1990. Soon after Darrells death, LaVern moved to Green Valley, AZ where she lived for 4 years, followed by 5 years living in Winter Haven, FL. She returned to Grand Forks in 2005 and resided here until her death. LaVern was an avid bowler, a member of the Grand Forks Womens Bowling Hall of Fame, a golfer and loved to bake for her family.

She is survived by her 4 sons, Bill (Donna), Winter Haven, FL, Bob (Darlene), Mickey, both of Grand Forks, ND, Jim (Jennifer), Brown Deer, WI and 6 grandchildren, Kim (Scott) Vegter, Paul (Emmy) Jackson, Stephanie (Matt) Greene, all of Winter Haven, FL; Stacey (Jeff) Patrick, Indianapolis, IN; Tara (Brandon) Heidrich, West Fargo, ND; Ryan Jackson, Grand Forks, ND and 4 great grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Norma Haney and twin sister, Lorraine Allington.

The family of LaVern would like to thank the staff at Valley Eldercare for all their kindness and compassion.

Memorial Service: At a later date.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, at a later date.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)