Selma Irine Ellingson


Selma Irine (Anderson) Ellingson, 104, East Grand Forks, MN, died on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN.

Selma was born to Almer & Nellie (Engeland) Anderson on October 2, 1917, in Erskine, MN. Her family spoke Norwegian, and she began learning English when she attended a rural school near the farm in Badger Township. Selma was baptized and confirmed in Norwegian at Saron Lutheran Church in Erskine.  When she was young, Selma went to work for the Ellingson family in Nielsville, MN, where she met her future husband, Anton Ellingson. They were married June 26, 1943. They worked side by side over the years on their farm. Anton died October 31, 1961, and Selma continued to manage and live on the farm until moving to Grand Forks, ND, in her mid-80s. Selma was known for her outstanding flower gardens. She was an active member of the Nielsville & Shelly Garden Club, and a long-time member of St. Petri Lutheran Church in Nielsville. When she moved to Grand Forks, she joined Sharon Lutheran Church.

Even though Selma did not have children of her own, she was a proud and caring aunt to her nieces & nephews. She kept on top of their activities and their families over the years and was deeply loved by all.

Selma is survived by her brother, Albert Anderson of Erskine MN; four nieces: Yvonne (Daryl) Halvorson of Erskine MN, Mary (Bart) Anderson, Regina Sask, Vangie (Herb) Parker of West Fargo ND, and Lori (Danny) Olson of Minot ND; four nephews: Les (Deb) Johnson of Grand Forks ND, Dale (Jody) Hanson of Fergus Falls MN, David (Sheryl) Aaker of Seattle WA and Merlyn Werner of Grand Forks ND; and several grand-nieces & nephews. Selma was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her father & mother-in-law, four sisters, five brothers-in-law, and four sisters-in-law.

Funeral Service is 1:00PM on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Avenue NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Saron Lutheran Cemetery in Erskine, MN. Funeral Service will be live-streamed at

Arrangements by: Dahl Funeral Home in East Grand Forks, MN (218)773-2971

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