Lyla L. Gullickson

Lyla L. Gullickson, age 98 of Hoople, ND, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.

Lyla Knutson was born October 13, 1921 in Harwood, ND, the daughter of the late Christ and Hannah (Athadsott) Knutson. She grew up and attended school in Amenia, ND. She moved to Hoople, ND where she worked various jobs. She was united in marriage to Leonard Gullickson on December 6, 1942 in rural Hoople. In 1961 they purchased and ran Gullickson’s Café in Hoople. Leonard passed away in December of 1984 and she continued to run the Café until retiring in 1997. She lived in Hillsboro with her daughter from 2004 to 2010 when she moved to the Borg Home in Mountain and in 2014 moved to the Park River Good Samaritan Center.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Hoople. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching Minnesota Twins baseball. Lyla lived her life by example while providing her legendary pancakes, pies, potatoes and hamburgers. Her kindness, compassion, generosity and work ethic was a lesson to her family, employees and customers at the café where she spent so many years. No words needed – her smile said it all.

Lyla is survived by her children: Loren (Valery) Gullickson, Hoople, ND, Curtis (Terry) Gullickson, Hoople, ND and Jane (Les) Hurt, Hillsboro, ND, 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leonard, sons: Harold, Dwight and Mark, as well as 14 brothers and sisters.

Memorial services will be Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church of Hoople. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at the Hoople City Cemetery.

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The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.

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