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Carol Bement

Carol Bement

Dec. 25, 1929-June 5, 2013

Former Waubun resident Carol M. Bement, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Ecuman-Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10 in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Waubun.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, continuing for one hour prior to mass on Monday.

Interment will be made in the church cemetery.

Carol Margaret Johnson was born to Frank and Lena (Fairbanks) Johnson on December 25, 1929 in Mahnomen. She was raised and educated in Mahnomen and graduated from Mahnomen Public High School.

On September 13, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eugene Bement at St. Joseph's Catholic Church near Beaulieu. They resided in Waubun and started a family.

During her younger years, Carol worked at the Viking Snowmobile factory in Waubun and babysat for area families along with watching her grandchildren. Her last job prior to retirement was working at Hillview Care in Waubun.

Carol was a wonderful homemaker. Known as "Christmas Carol" to her family, she defined the term mom. She never missed her children's activities while they were growing up and always offered advice when it was needed. She enjoyed watching professional basketball as well, especially following the Lakers and Bulls.

Her lake home on Snider Lake was a popular place for family gatherings, where Carol enjoyed entertaining family, spending time with her grandchildren and playing a game of "whist." Her sayings of "wait till your dad gets home" to the later saying of "Why don't you spend the night" are phrases her children will cherish and miss.

Carol adored her grandchildren and her welcoming nature will be missed by her entire family.

Surviving Carol are her children, Cindi Bement of Waubun, Tom Bement of Waubun, Bill (Carol) Bement of Waubun, Laure (Roger) Zima of Ogema, Rich (Jerry Beautler) Bement of Glendale, Ariz., and Tracey (Dan) Tweeton of Detroit Lakes.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren, along with two brothers, Marvin Johnson of Mahnomen and Bill (Cheryl) Johnson of Dillon, Mont., and special friend, Earl Schlick of Mahnomen.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Eugene; daughter, Merri Bement; and brothers, Francis Johnson, Everette Johnson, John Johnson and Carl Johnson; as well as infant sister, Ione Johnson.

David Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Carol may be shared online at