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Marion Johnson Iverson

Marion Johnson Iverson, age 87, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020, just one day before her 88th birthday, at the Sanford Hospice House in Fargo, ND, due to the residual effects from COVID-19. 

Marion Arnelda Boewas born November 20, 1932, in Langdon, ND, to Arne and Victoria (Beckwick) Boe.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Vang Lutheran Church and attended Langdon Schools with the class of 1950. Marion was united in marriage to Judd Johnson on June 10, 1950, and was blessed with five children. 

In 1962, Marion started M&J Drive Inn which thrived for 25 years as the M&J Tastee Freeze.  Between car-hops to in-service seating, thousands of loyal customers enjoyed burgers, fries, broasted chicken, pizzas, and ice cream treats.  Having worked with hundreds of young women, Marion was not only their boss but became their mentor, second mom, and great friend.  Many recall the wonderful memories of working with her and say she was the “Best Boss” ever!

In 1984, Marion married Don Iverson and shortly thereafter sold M&J.  They traveled before moving to Mandan, ND, and then settled in Fargo, ND.  Marion soon became friends with many of her neighbors.  She loved it when family and friends would visit and they could go shopping, to the mall food court, or wherever a fun day could be had.  Annually, she enjoyed canning tomatoes, pickles, and salsa. She made lefsa and embroidered dish towels featuring her Norwegian background.  She had a talent for finding the perfect holiday cards, which included $5.00 to “Get a Treat” and were truly treasured by those who received one! Marion’s daily phone calls making sure you were OK and safe will be greatly missed. She had a talent for cooking and her infamous Big-Tee hamburgers, ham sauce, potato salad, apple pie, and brownies will be missed. She was also always up for a special toast with a lemon drop martini!

Marion is survived by her children: Cleve (Debbie) Johnson of Fargo, ND, Craig (Janna) Johnson of Portland, OR, and Diane (Ed) Lommel of Breckenridge, MN; son-in-law Daryl Soli of Portland, OR, and daughter-in-law Anita Johnson of Gresham, OR; grandchildren: Trent, Jed, Vickie, Chris, Melissa, Brandon, Lindsay and Mariah; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and siblings: Julia Bjornstad, Marie (Ronnie) Peterson, Arvid (Sandy) Boe, Ardyce (David) Hennager, John (Karen) Boe and Judy (Tom) Waind; and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her daughter, Joleen; son Brian; grandson Luke; her husband, Don; and her parents.  All of these she loved and touched deeply.

A private family service will be held at the Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon, ND, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, to celebrate her life followed by burial at the Lebanon Cemetery in Langdon. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to your favorite charity or Lebanon Cemetery at 504 15th Ave., Langdon, ND 58249. 

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Sending my sympathy to the family. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Wendy Waalen Nov 25 2020 12:00 AM

Sympathy to the Boe family from Butch and MaryAnn Welsh

Butch Welsh Nov 23 2020 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to your family from ours.

Christie Iverson Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

Diane and family - - extending sympathy - - do remember the times I had lunch with you and your mom including the shopping. It was fun and she will be missed. Hugs - friends - Karen

Karen Carlsrud Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Marion Johnson Iverson

Karen Carlsrud Nov 22 2020 12:00 AM

Marion was such a warm, caring person. My mom always took me to M&J's whenever I came home. Of course, Marion was working but took time to visit briefly. That is a beautiful write-up on her and what a great family she has enjoyed. Do keep your memories close to your hearts, and I know you have many. God bless each of you.

Sarita Welsh Behr Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

Sending our sympathy to all the Boe family. Fond memories of Marion a great lady. May she rest at peace.

John and Joann Lawrence Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

Marion was my boss at Taste Freeze. She was an awesome boss. Always made sure us girls got home ok after work. She loved to cut fresh tomatoes and place them on a cheese pizza. It was an awesome combination! She was one such a hard working lady. We will miss her.

Mary Lothspeich Severson Nov 21 2020 12:00 AM

Marion was one of a kind. She was such a SPECIAL sister! She had me come stay with her and her family. She made life terrific fun. First thing every morning was to dust and vacuum so the rest of the day was open for a new adventure. She was a fantastic cook and mom. We loved it when shed make macaroni and cream for us. She surprised John and I on our birthday. Here she came with a big cake and presents wrapped with huge ribbons on top. The black and white bear was loved to
pieces! We talked on the phone several times a week. Such good visits that went on and on. I could write a book on all the laughs we had. She was great at telling jokes too. I miss you sweet sister. See ya on the other side. Love, Judy

Judith Waind Nov 20 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your Moms passing Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Glen and Shelley Tollefson

Shelley Tollefson Nov 20 2020 12:00 AM

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