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Ethel Malvick


Sept. 17, 1919-Sept. 8, 2013

Former Detroit Lakes resident Ethel Malvick, 93, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013 in Pendleton, Ore.

Ethel M. Halverson was born to Clara and Roy Halverson on September 17, 1919, the eldest of seven, on the family farm at Oak Lake Crossing between Audubon and Detroit Lakes. She attended country school, graduating from the eighth grade. She worked at housekeeping in her teenage years for various families and in her 20’s attended Air Craft School in Kansas City, Mo. She then worked in the electronics field in St. Paul during World War II.

At age 20, Ethel accepted Jesus as her personal lord and savior.

On September 17, 1943, she married Edwin Malvick, from the neighboring farm where she grew up. Ethel and Edwin farmed near Audubon. Son David was born in 1944 and daughter Gloria in 1946.

Later, Ethel became a nurse’s aid at the St. Mary’s Nursing Home.  Edwin passed away in 1969. In 1990, Ethel moved to a home in Detroit Lakes, where she continued to have a large garden and yard, with beautiful flowers. She enjoyed socializing and visiting relatives and was an excellent cook and baker.

After her official retirement, she continued to care for elderly people, including Elva, who couldn’t live alone anymore and came to live with her.

In 2005, Ethel moved into the Winchester Apartments, where she enjoyed the socialization. She was active in the First Lutheran Church in Audubon, and assisted with her circle and quilting group.

In 2010, Ethel moved to Pendleton, Ore., to live with daughter Gloria and son-in-law, Gary Larson, when she couldn’t live alone anymore.

Ethel enjoyed her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by son David (Linda) Malvick of Audubon; daughter, Gloria (Gary) Larson of Pendleton, Ore.; seven grandchildren, Tammy (Greg) Anglin of Lake Park, Kim (Matt) Fey of Hawley, Kevin Malvick of Boise, Idaho, Londa (Byron) Fossum of Watford City, N.D., Keith (Amanda) Malvick of Audubon, Gwen (Dustin) Wardell of Bozeman, Mont.; and Joy (Randy) Zwagerman of Bozeman; 11 great grandchildren, Samantha and Tabatha Anglin, Jacob Fey, Brandon, Kayla, Kyle, Riley, and Ethan Malvick, Kylie, Kenesha and Logan Zwagerman;  sisters, Marian Vandenberg of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Florence Perrine of Frazee. 

She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding Ethel in death were her parents; husband, Edwin; grandson Daniel Larson; great- grandson, Elijah Fossum; brother, Raymond Halverson; and sisters, Mabel Stover, Hazel Miller and Gladys Mitchell.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at First Lutheran Church in Audubon, with Pastor Dean Grier officiating.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at First Lutheran Church, Audubon.

Arrangements were entrusted to Pendleton Pioneer Chapel of Pendleton and West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at