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Mary Gjerswold

Nov. 7, 1914-Oct. 13, 2010

Mary E. Gjerswold, 95, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Mary Elizabeth McEwen was born to Duncan and Elizabeth (Allen) McEwen on November 7, 1914 on the family farm near Cashel, N.D. She graduated from high school in Hysham, Mont., where she had lived with her sister. She then moved back to the Grafton, N.D., area and was employed by an insurance agency in Grafton.

While living in Grafton, Mary met her lifelong love, Harvey Gjerswold. They were united in marriage in 1936 and celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss. Together they had four children and Mary was a dedicated homemaker and mother. Her favorite pastimes were sewing and baking bread, Mary often baked cinnamon rolls for her neighbors at Christmas time.

At a very young age, Mary had decided she would never marry a farmer, but after nine years of marriage, Harvey surprised her and bought a farm in 1945. It didn't take her long to become a serious farmwife. You would often find her out in the field cultivating, plowing, hauling grain to the granary and several other farm related chores that needed to be completed.

Harvey and Mary retired from farming in 1966 and continued to live in Grafton until 1979, when they moved to Long Lake near Detroit Lakes. They enjoyed their retirement years together at their lake home until moving into the Emmanuel Community Town Homes in 2003.

Mary will be remembered and missed by her children, Keith (Dorothy) Gjerswold of Gonvick, Minn., Gary Gjerswold of Detroit Lakes and LeOtta (Charles) Glennen of Detroit Lakes; daughter-in-law Carol Gjerswold of Grand Forks, N.D.; along with nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren, all very precious to her.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents; son Lowell Gjerswold; great-granddaughter, Mary Lou Gjerswold; three brothers and seven sisters.

Visitation for Mary will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m., in the chapel at Emmanuel. Officiating will be Reverend Wade Dutton. Interment will be at the Grafton City Cemetery.

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