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Muriel Adele (Roeder) Wehrman

Muriel Adele (Roeder) Wehrman

Muriel Adele Wehrman was the first of four daughters born to Milton and Martine Roeder of rural Thompson, ND. She completed eight grades in a one room school and graduated with honors from Grand Forks Central High School. Her expertise in typing, bookkeeping and shorthand led to her employment at First National Bank. Later, she moved to Minneapolis where she modeled cosmetics and hairstyles for Young-Quinlan's Department Store before joining the exodus of young people who left the Midwest for sunny CA.

Muriel was a woman of artistic talents who excelled at oil painting, stitchery (Brazilian embroidery) and cake decorating. She earned extra money sewing and selling elegant dresses for the young women of Long Beach where she married, lived, and worked at the Bank of America.

From her early days on the farm she loved animals and birds which were often subjects in her paintings. As a teenager, she hitched up a team of horses to work the farm fields in haying season and picked potatoes in cold Octobers. Middle aged and widowed, she moved back from CA with cats, dogs and a horse to once again live the rural lifestyle near her home farm. She worked at the Thompson Oil Co. until she returned to CA to be with her children and grandchildren. They survive her along with sisters Madelyne Camrud of Grand Forks and Carla (Ardell) Fjeld of New Ulm, MN. Muriel was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Lewis Ericson, Harvey Wehrman; and a sister, Jeannette Klevberg, of Northwood, ND.

A memorial fund has been started at the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks. Anyone wishing to honor Muriel's memory may send their gifts to The Circle of Friends Humane Society, 4375 North Washington St. Grand Forks, ND 58203