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Grace E. Gunderson

      Grace E. Gunderson, 95 of Cavalier, ND passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND.

     Grace Eleanor Kemp was born November 7, 1924 on the Kemp farm near Hamilton, ND, to Wallace and Merle (Willis) Kemp. She attended country school and graduated from Hamilton High School. She then completed her studies to become a registered nurse in 1946 at the Deaconess School of Nursing in Grand Forks, ND, through the Public Health’s Cadet Nursing Program.

     The following year, on June 16, 1947, she married Marvin Gunderson of Hoople, ND.  They settled in the Bathgate area to farm. During the early years of their marriage they spent a few winters in Seattle, WA where she worked as a registered nurse. Later she continued her work as a nurse at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital for many years. Grace and Marvin later made their home in Cavalier, ND, before moving to the Borg Memorial Home in 2013. Marvin was the love of her life and they celebrated over 71 years of marriage.

    Grace was a member of the Bathgate Presbyterian Church, Bathgate Presbyterian Women, the Garden Club, China Painting Guild, and the Pembina County Historical Society.

   Grace loved nursing, flowers, and china painting. After raising her family, she devoted her time to her large flower garden. She also learned to china paint and created hundreds of beautiful pieces for herself and her family and friends.

      She is survived by her daughters: Barbara (John) Crabtree and Marilyn Stegman; grandchildren: Ashley Crabtree, Bryce (Tiana) Crabtree, and Eric (Pam) Stegman; great-grandsons: Jackson and Aiden. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and good friends.

     Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Marvin; and siblings and their spouses: Doris (Blaine) Hanson, Elwood (May and Evelyn) Kemp, Harold (Pat) Kemp, Willis (Myrtle) Kemp, Robert (Shirley) Kemp.

     Due to health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, the family has decided to have a service to celebrate her life at a later date. Grace, also with Marvin, will be interred at the Cavalier Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Bathgate Presbyterian Church in care of Karen Morrison 14268 102nd St NE, Neche, ND 58265.


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Barb and Marilyn, and your families - I'm sad to hear about your mom! I always thought that she was such a classy lady - actually, full of grace. It was the perfect name for her. I thought she was so fun to talk to - and actually a funny lady. I'm glad I had met her a few times, and I also know that she's been reunited with your dad. And I know she'd want that. Hugs to all of you!

Karen Eastman Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM

Grace was such a wonderful gal and friend. She was so kind and thoughtful to all. We want to send our condolences to all her family. We loved her and will miss her. Russell and Goodie Anderson

Russell Anderson Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM

Marilyn and Barb, My condolences, she was a gem.

Jeannie Adams Jul 25 2020 12:00 AM

Marilyn and Barb, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. When we would go to Borg to visit my Father it was also nice to visit with your Mother and Dad. They were always glad to see us and both were cheerful people. I enjoyed the china paintings that she did when they would be on display. Cherish the memories as she will always be in your heart. May God give you strength during this difficult time.

Kermit and Ruth Rollefstad Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM

Sweet Grace! I so enjoyed visiting with her at Borg and always looked forward to seeing her. It was so interesting to hear her stories of her nursing days - especially the story of her at such a young age as a nurse, caring for the very sick in the basement. And then to be reunited with that patient years later! I truly enjoyed my time with her. Heaven gained a sweet lady. A life well lived. I will miss seeing her. My condolences to all of her family. What a wonderful reunion that must have been with Marvin!

Nancy Jenson Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Grace I loved our conversations when I worked night shift at Borg and the hugs. Every night I worked I think we always had the chance to visit even if it was during the middle of the night love you and miss you now you can be with your beautiful husband

Revel Sapa Jul 24 2020 12:00 AM

Graces Family... Grace was a wonderful woman. She always knew you where ever you were.I went to Mountain several times to see her. Florence Heller my sister-in-law was there too.God Bless you two girls.

Janny Cull

Janny Cull Jul 23 2020 12:00 AM

Have fond memories of your sweet Mom from spending summers in Bathgate. Grace had a great smile and a wonderful sense of humor.

My condolences

Barb Mollberg Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathies to Marilyn and Barb. It was always fun to visit with your Mom. Im so glad I had several opportunities to visit with her at the Borg home. She was always positive and happy.
Great memories

Royce Paton Jul 22 2020 12:00 AM

Grace's Family, Such a sweet and kind lady-always a smile and a warm hello. May the stories/memories shared warm your hearts and the love and kindness of all who surround you provide comfort and strength. Our deepest sympathy, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Jul 21 2020 12:00 AM

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