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Marlis DelMain

Marlis DelMain

May 20, 1927-Oct. 11, 2013

Marlis Ione (Malde) DelMain, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at Essentia Hospital in Fargo.

Marlis was born to Olaf and Stella (Soli) Malde on May 20, 1927 in Cooperstown, N.D. She attended school in Park River, N.D., and college at Concordia and Moorhead State in Moorhead. She earned a degree in education and began her 23-year teaching career in Marshall, Minn.

While teaching in Alexandria, she met LeRoy "Fox" DelMain. They married on June 4, 1955, and lived in Alexandria and Winona before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1957.

Marlis's focus in life was her faith, family and friends. For over 50 years she was an active member of First Lutheran Church. She was an amazing blessing to her three daughters, 11 grandchildren and two great granddaughters, exemplifying patience, peace, kindness, encouragement and joy. She will be greatly missed!

Teaching kindergartners was a delight for Marlis. Other interests she enjoyed were reading, hiking, gardening and thrice-weekly water aerobics. She rarely missed a sunset from the dock of her Long Lake home. She spent long hours assembling photo albums and writing letters to family and friends (usually in calligraphy).

Fox and Marlis traveled extensively to many trout streams, golf courses, mountain camp-grounds and to the Texas coastline. Marlis also visited her dad's family in Norway several times.

Surviving Marlis are her three daughters, Lea (Dean) Langley of Albany, Ann (Mark) Johnson of Elko and Kim (Larry) Roth, of Montgomery, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; soon-to-be three great grandchildren; and sister, Ina Claire Squires.

Preceding Marlis in death were her parents; her husband of 56 years, LeRoy DelMain; and sister, Lona Trygg.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Dave Peterson officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services.

Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee.

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