Ella May Grayson was born in Lankin, North Dakota, on April 17th, 1905. She was one of nine children born to Elizabeth Liddle and John Grayson. When she was just a few years old, her parents moved to Antelope, Montana. Ella was educated in Antelope and graduated from high school there in 1923. She attended business college in Great Falls for a while, then returned to Antelope to help with family obligations.
Her folks moved to Canada in 1929 and Ella went with them. She came to Rudyard, Montana in 1932 to keep house for Ervin Afdahl, a young widower with children. For a short time period, she worked at the Inverness Post Office. On October 20th, 1959 she married Ervin Afdahl, and they returned to his farm they moved into Rudyard, but
continued farming until their retirement in 1971.
Ervin died on December 21st, 1980. Ella has remained at her home in
Rudyard since. Following a short stay in the Liberty County Hospital, she died on the morning of Sunday, March 18th. Ella was 78 years old. Prior to the loss of her eyesight in the late 1940's, Ella loved to read. She had an excellent memory, and likee to keep up on current events and world happenings. She was a neat homemaker and a good cook. Although she had no children of her own, she loved
the Afdahl kids and all of their families.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Afdahl of Rudyard and Elmer Afdahl of Elgin, Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. Dale (Joyce) Lumsden of Havre; three brothers, J. E. (Jack) Grayson of Seattle, William Grayson of Dallas, Texas, and Roger Grayson of Snohomish, Washington; one sister, Gwendolyn Tichenor of Spokane; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. Ella was preceded in death not only by her parents and husband, but also by three brothers (George, Earl and Walter) and one sister (Opal).
Funeral services were held at our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rudyard. Pallbearers included Gerald Langel, Roger Letang, Joe
Domire, Donald Schweitzer, Cliff Ulmen and Mark Widdis. Ushers were Mike Wendland and Roger Ludwig. Burial was in the Havre Highland Cemetery.
Liberty County Times, Chester, MT, 22 March 1984
Ervin Alvin Afdahl (1894 - 1980)
Plot: Space 129 Block 32
Created by: Maureen and Ed Weatherly
Record added: Jul 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73024244
Added: Jul. 10, 2011