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Shirley R. Kemp

Shirley R. Kemp, 95, of Cavalier, ND passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cavalier Evangelical Free Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services on Saturday. There will also be a visitation at the church on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7;00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church.  Burial will be held in the Hamilton Cemetery. 

Earlier this year mom set a goal for herself to bring joy to others. To those who knew her, she seemed to have been accomplishing that goal throughout all her life. The door to mom’s home was always open. There was always something good to eat, and there was seldom a day that went by that someone, family or friends, was not there to enjoy her friendship and those goodies that she ceaselessly pushed your way.

Mom’s role in life changed so much after Dad died. She had been always at Dad’s side, and it is still hard to separate them in our thoughts and memories yet she shined as her own person. She was a great mom, a great neighbor and to her grand kids, a great cook and a shoulder to lean on. When she left the farm and moved into town, her home became something on the order of Grand Central Station only busier. But there was more that drew people to mom’s home than the good cooking (and it was good cooking); it was the love she poured out on others, family, friends, and neighbors. She seemed to have the ability to see the good in others and to offer grace to all those who came her way.
If you were to visit her home you would find it full of the things she loved. Stuff bought at the Thrift Store or rescued from the curb here in Cavalier. There are flowers and lots of pink, but more than anything, there are more pictures than one can count, mostly of grand kids and great-grand kids for they were the fuel in her tank these 42 years since Dad died. And it was that bunch that filled her hospital room these past few days as we waited together for the door to Glory to be opened for her to enter through. That door to the place where the food is even better, the love unending, all tears forgotten, and the Lord Jesus Himself the Light.

Shirley Rae Svoboda was born in Hamilton, ND, on April 5th, 1924. She lived her life there until she met a dashing young man from the prairies to the east who stole her heart. She married Robert Kemp on July 14th, 1944, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Bob was stationed at that time. After the war they made their home on the same farm Bob had grown up on and raised their four sons: David, Don, Greg, and Bill. Through those four sons she was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren (with at least two more on the way…). She is survived by all of them, David and Martha and their children Katie and Adam (Jackie), Don and Becky and their children Robert (Emily), Evan (Kayla), Kyle (Liz), and Raechel (Torey), Greg and Gracie and their children Austin, Amy (Jon), Blaine (Britt), and Tyler (Kayla), Bill and Beth and their children Peter (Jess), Renae, Brent (Liz), and Melissa, and her horde of great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister Joy (Don) Bridston; sister-in-law, Grace Gunderson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her parents Lawrence and Maude Svoboda.


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Shirley impacted so many people with her kind and interested in others way. She impacted me and while I hadn't had a chance to visit her in sometime she is missed.

Bill Oakes Dec 11 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family on the loss of this wonderful lady. I enjoyed our visits at Borg. She was a beautiful lady - inside and out. It was always evident of her love of family and her faith. She left quite a legacy for her family. She is certainly rejoicing in Heaven! I am sure her service today will be celebrating that for her.
Nancy and John Jenson

Nancy Jenson Oct 5 2019 12:00 AM

A wonderfully kind woman, so like her mom! My sympathies.

Rozanne Enerson Junker Oct 5 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Shriley's passing. She was such a beautiful and gracious lady. Also appreciate her friendship and support for Mom. I'm sure she will be missed by not only family but many more whose lives she touched.

Diane (Craig) Longtine Oct 5 2019 12:00 AM

An A Tranquil Light was ordered on October 4, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Oct 4 2019 12:00 AM

Im very sorry to hear of your loss. Shirley was such a sweet women.

Megan Mokerski Oct 4 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your family and the loss of Shirley. She was such a positive happy lady.

Val and Bob Mcfadden Oct 4 2019 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathies. Loved this lady, she was such a role model to me in my late teens. She and Bob raised special sons. Im grateful to have known her.

Brenda Nelson Schauer Oct 4 2019 12:00 AM

Dave, Martha and the entire Kemp Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


Diane, Lillian, Caroline and Anna Brondyke

Diane Brondyke Oct 4 2019 12:00 AM

Shirley's Family, Shirley was a lady who was always so cheerful when she would call for a ride-always grateful for which ever volunteer would come and get her. She was such a pretty lady always dressed up and ready to go and her yard and house always was a beautiful site. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Oct 3 2019 12:00 AM

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