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Astrid Mildred Rigmor "Mildred" Kallesen Woods
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Birth: May 9, 1913
Kingsbury County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 2008
Kingsbury County
South Dakota, USA

My great-aunt Mildred was born Astrid Mildred Rigmor Kallesen on May 9, 1913, near Badger, SD to Christian and Marie (Andersen) Kallesen. She attended rural schools near Mott, N.D., and in Kingsbury County and Arlington High School. She helped farm wives during harvests and did bookkeeping for the Arlington Creamery.

She married my great-uncle Fay on Nov. 23, 1935. They worked for several area farmers before starting to farm on their own. After a hail storm destroyed their crop in 1952, they moved to Watertown, where she worked at the poultry plant for a time and then at Oven Gold Bakery for several years. I remember their little house in Watertown. They loved to garden and were very very proud of their garden, and I swear their garden was almost bigger than their house! For some reason I remember one year that they gave my parents a cabbage from their garden, and it was bigger than a person's head! In the spring and summer months when we would visit they would always take my parents and I out to show us their garden.

They moved to Parkview Apartments in Arlington in 1997. Uncle Fay died in 1998. She moved to Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Brookings in November 2006 and entered the Golden Living Center in Arlington on Dec. 30, 2007. In her later years I remember she remained mentally sharp but her vision began to fail. She died on Jan. 13, 2008, at the age of 94 while residing in the Golden Living Center in Arlington, SD and was buried in the Arlington City Cemetery.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown and Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Myron "Jim" Pedersen of Arlington; her son, Roger Woods of Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Kallesen of Arlington; a sister-in-law, Alice Kallesen; and several nieces and nephews.

She was welcomed into Heaven by my Great-Uncle Fay, three sons, Eugene, David and Jerald Woods; a daughter, Dorothy; a grandson; two brothers and two sisters.

*some information taken from the Madison Daily Leader 01/15/2008*
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  Fay A. Woods (1913 - 1998)*
  David Eugene Woods (1944 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Arlington Cemetery
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA
Maintained by: P.L.M.
Originally Created by: L Davenport
Record added: Jan 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23988921
Astrid Mildred Rigmor Mildred <i>Kallesen</i> Woods
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Astrid Mildred Rigmor Mildred <i>Kallesen</i> Woods
Added by: L Davenport
Astrid Mildred Rigmor Mildred <i>Kallesen</i> Woods
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Remembering you this Memorial Day weekend Aunt Mildred
- P.L.M.
 Added: May. 26, 2012
Happy 99th birthday in heaven, Aunt Mildred
- P.L.M.
 Added: May. 9, 2012

- P.L.M.
 Added: Sep. 10, 2011
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