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Nancy Ludwig

Nancy Jo Ludwig, 65, of Langdon, ND passed away Friday, October 2, 2015 at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon, ND after a battle with cancer.

Nancy was born on August 3, 1950 to Fred and Lucie (Ridley) Ludwig. She grew up on their family farm bordering the Numedahl River Valley. She attended the one room Bergman Country School for her first grade with her friend Judy Carlson. The schoolteacher, Edla Engdahl, later became her aunt when she married Nancy's uncle, Arthur Ridley. The country school kids were transferred to the Langdon Public School where she graduated from in 1967.

As an administrative assistant to William Gilfillan, Program Director of Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company, Nancy was directly involved in the building of the nation’s first Anti-Ballistic Missile Base of President Nixon's Safeguard Program near Nekoma. She married William's brother, Asa Gilfillan, in a private ceremony at the park-like setting of her parent’s farm. Along with Asa's three children, they lived in Hawaii, Florida and Alaska where her husband oversaw other Morrison – Knudsen Construction projects including the Trans–Alaskan Pipeline and the Terminal at Valdez, AK. Tragically, Asa was killed in an avalanche in Alaska. Nancy returned to live at her family farm and to the University of North Dakota, where she earned a BA degree in Native American Studies. Nancy also was an administrative assistant to Scott Stewart at his law office in Langdon for many years.

Nancy's interest in the healing arts became a later career choice. She earned massage therapy certification credits in a variety of classes instructed by leaders in their respective therapies, such as myofascial relief, cranial sacral therapy, and through healing by swimming with the dolphins. Nancy traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East, and the US, often with her parents. She also joined them while they volunteered with the Peace Corps in St. Vincent, an island in the Caribbean.

Nancy is best remembered by her intellect and her ability to converse with a depth of knowledge especially in subjects related to world history, politics, social studies and Native American affairs. She was exceptionally well versed in Middle East politics and terrorism. In the 1990s, Nancy was recognized for her work during the North Dakota State Capitol Legislative sessions with Attorney General Bill Heigaard.

Nancy was active at the Langdon Curling Club and golfing at the Langdon Country Club. She earned awards in competitive skydiving and enjoyed sports fishing in Alaska and Mexico, traveling, cooking, and anthropology. She spent time berry picking, swimming, and canoeing in the summer at the Numedahl River Valley along with cross country skiing down the frozen river in the winter with her uncle, Arthur.

Nancy was dedicated to caring for her mother in the last five years of her mother’s life. After her death, she was able to enjoy a few years before being diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a wonderful example on how to remain positive and not complain while dealing with both sickness and caregiving.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by many cousins and two aunts.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.

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So sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. Nancy and I were friends since birth and were neighbors growing up. We had so many stories and laughter that we shared. Nancy, Lucy and Fred lived life to the fullest. There was always laughter and excitement to be around them. We will remember them always. Our love and sympathy goes out to her family!

Judy Carlson Myers Oct 14 2015 12:00 AM

My prayers & and thoughts go out to all the loved ones. God Bless!!!

Carol Solberg Oct 13 2015 12:00 AM

Nancy was a participant in an internet message board called lakerboard.com. She was one of the original members that started back in the middle to late 90's in the old LA Times website. When the LA Times website chose to close down the board, Nancy, along with many of us, migrated to a new host but we kept the name. Over the years the board has become a virtual gathering place for us to talk about anything and everything. We've become a web family that offer support for each other in just about every way a normal family does. To us, Nancy was our big sister. She would get into long debates with us, always pushing us to think, challenging us to get better informed, to always look at anything from other points of view. We did not always agree, and at times we seemed a little petty in our arguments, but always, ALWAYS, with great admiration for each other. Nancy, I know that where ever you are, right at this moment, you and John ( Splunge ) are going at each other with Jerome ( Jamas ) in the middle laughing his ass off. Please, say hello to them for us. Start creating another board so when our turn comes we can keep the party going. On behalf of your virtual family called lakerboard, God speed, friend.

Robert Garcia Oct 12 2015 12:00 AM

Thanks for the chats, Nancy. RIP.

Jason Sawyer Oct 12 2015 12:00 AM

My Condolences to the Ludwick family. She was a classmate of mine and will always remember her sense of humor!

Jay Padden Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

Many fun memories of days spent with Nancy and Lucie at their farm. Reading books/magazines in the "Ponderosa" house, helping plant and harvest the huge garden, and even helping with a few of their business ventures. For example, testing the oversized bubble makers that they sold at the ND State Fair. I owe my love of the game of golf to them. They gave me my first set of golf clubs at 9 years old and Lucie took me to my first golf clinic at the Langdon Country Club. Thank you for the lifelong memories and hospitality.

Derek Devine Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

I knew Nancy from Langdon High School. We caught some parties and dances during that time. Nancy and I crossed paths several times after high school, once in Florida. Last time I saw Nancy, she came out to the farm to give my sister Diane and I a healing session. Afterwards, she shared a couple Big Chief cigarettes. She was always fun to be around, she will be missed.

Candice Norman Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

To my longtime friend. You were that friend that I would not see for months but yet when we saw each other it was like we were never apart. Our adventures curling, golfing, and of course lively debates over politics and religion. I loved you even though I never told you. So now I can only tell you from this side. Thank you for ALWAYS being my friend! I love you and will pray everyday for you.

Joni Flaten Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

Nancy will always be remembered for her contagious smile and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy, Family, and Friends in the Langdon community and beyond. God Bless!

Mike, Raquel, Isabella and Sophia Berg Oct 7 2015 12:00 AM

I spent some great times with Nancy, Lucie, Myrna and Edna- their different ages brought a lot of wisdom, humor, character, strength and an unbelievable beauty of spirit to my life. There was never a dull moment, that's for sure. Extending my sympathy to her family.

Merrie Kaye Kakela Oct 6 2015 12:00 AM

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