Marilyn Adell Abbey




Arvid Rudolf Gustafson was born May 12, 1928, at the family home near Fort Clark, Mandan, Morton Co., ND, and died July 16, 1999, in Stanton, Mercer Co., ND, at age 71. Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. He is the son of Joseph "Joe" Gustafson and Hilda Olander.

Marilyn Adell Abbey was born May 10, 1931, in Mercer Co., ND, and died December 20, 2012, at Knife River Care Center, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 81. Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. She is the daughter of Oran Ralph Abbey of Milladore Twp., Wood Co., WI, and Alice Frances Herman of Glen Ullin, Mercer Co., ND.

Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Adell Abbey were married June 3, 1950, in the Winter Chapel of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.

Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Odell (Abbey) Gustafson had three children:

  1. Janet D. "Jan" Gustafson: Born April 23, 1955, in North Dakota. Married (1) May 8, 1976, in Stanton, ND, to Walter R. Hollifield: Born September 1, 1949, in Unknown. Ian F. Hollifield was born about 1980 in Unknown. Divorced. Married (2) about 1992, in Unknown, to Patrick R. "Pat" Batin: Born January 31, 1962, in Unknown.
  2. Cynthia Lee "Cindy" Gustafson: Born September 1, 1965, in North Dakota. Married (1) Unknown to John Kenneth Erdman: Born July 7, 1965, in Unknown. Divorced. Married (2) July 24, 1995, in Nevada, to Douglas K. "Doug" McEwan: Born October 27, 1955, in Unknown. Lived in Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, and Orem, UT. Cynthia L. Block Cynthia Newlin
  3. Mark Gustafson: Born in North Dakota. Lived in Mitchell, SD.



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The Red Clock letter for Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson's Wake that was held December 26, 2012.


Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson are buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Arvid Rudolf Gustafson was born May 12, 1928, at the family home near Fort Clark, Mandan, Morton Co., ND.

Marilyn Adell Abbey was born May 10, 1931, in Mercer Co., ND.

The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 30, 1930, shows Oran Abbey (age 29) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents, and first married at age 25, is a married General Farm Farmer, and who owns his own farm worth $500 and is living in T143, R88, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 28) born in North Dakota to German and West Virginia-born parents, and first married at age 24; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 3) born in North Dakota to Wisconsin and North Dakota-born parents; and his daughter, June Abbey (age 1) born in North Dakota to Wisconsin and North Dakota-born parents.


Sisters, Lois, June, Lenore and Marilyn Abbey, about 1933. Photos courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Lenore, Lois, June, and Marilyn Abbey, North Dakota, 1934. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

 Lois, June, Lenore, Marilyn, Gale and Donna Abbey, North Dakota, about 1935. The farm cat, with tail raised, is at the lower left. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Lenore, Gale and Marilyn Abbey at home, about 1935. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Sisters, Lois, June, Lenore and Marilyn Abbey, about 1936. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Sisters, Lois, June, Lenore and Marilyn Abbey at Lenore and Marilyn's first Communion, 1937. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


   

Left to Right: Donna, Marilyn, June, Lenore, Gale, and Lois Abbey, on the family farm, about 1938. The Abbey photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

The picture to the right is a stock photo of a 1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2 Door Sedan.

Kay Koslan comments: I remember visiting here when the root cellar (to the left of the Abbey children) was there, and there was also an outhouse. The outhouse was no longer there. The door in the background was likely the front door. The Abbey kids are either going to school or to church, I'll bet.


Grades 3 - 4, 1939 - 1940 Marilyn Abbey, Grade 4, top row, 6th from left, and Lenore Abbey, Grade 5, middle row, 6th from left. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1940, shows Orran Abbey (age 39) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 1 year of College, and who married but has no occupation listed, is renting his home for $15/month, and is living in the Village of Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Living with him are: his wife, Alice Abbey (age 38) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of College; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, Lois Abbey (age 13) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 7 years of School; his daughter, June Abbey (age 11) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 5 years of School; his daughter, Lenore Abbey (age 10) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 3 years of School; his daughter, Marilyn Abbey (age 9) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 2 years of School; his son, Gale Abbey (age 7) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his daughter, Dona Abbey (age 5) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 0 years of School; his son, James Abbey (age 2) born in North Dakota; his daughter, Colleen Abbey (age 5/12) born in North Dakota; and an unmarried Servant, Roger Endresson (age 21) born in North Dakota, and 5 years ago was living in the Same Place, and with 4 years of High School, a Common Laborer in a Farming Mine.


The entire Oran Ralph Abbey family, taken just before Oran died in 1943. Back row, left to right: Lois, Alan, Oran, Alice, June; Middle row, left to right: Lenore, Donna, Gale and Marilyn; Front row, left to right: Colleen, Jim. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Below is a link to the "Beulah, North Dakota Golden '50' Years Anniversary, 1914-1964":

http://www.odessa3.org/collections/towns/link/beulah64.txt


       

Marilyn Adell Abbey's Beulah High School graduation picture. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The December, 1952, Christmas gathering at the Charles George Herman house, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. The people, from left to right clockwise, are: Colleen Theresa Abbey, Arvid Rudolf Gustafson, Charles George Herman, an empty chair, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, an occupied chair with James Gerald Abbey, and Lenore Shirley (Abbey) Wetzel. Other family members present but not in the picture are: Harry Donald "Don" Wetzel, Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson, Alan Lee Abbey, Kay Donnette Wetzel, and Barry David Wetzel. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Adell Abbey were married June 3, 1950, in the Winter Chapel of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.


Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Adell Abbey wedding picture, June 3, 1950, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Tuesday, June 27, 1950

Arvid Gustafson, Marilyn Abbey Wed in Chapel

Announcement is made by Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, of the marriage of her daughter Marilyn, to Arvid Gustafson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gustafson, Stanton. The 10:30 a. m. single ring service was read by the Rev. Raymond Guillozet in the winter chapel of St. Joseph's Catholic church at Beulah. White accessories accented the suit of medium blue worn by the bride. Red roses formed her corsage. Similar accessories and corsage were worn by her sister, Miss Donna Abbey, whose suit was grey. Elmer Gustafson served his brother as best man. A wedding dinner for members of the immediate families was served at the Abbey home following the ceremony. More than 100 guests attended the reception held later in the American Legion hall. Two great aunts of the bride, Mrs. John and Mrs. Henry Morman, poured and two aunts, Mrs. Theo. P. Herman and Mrs. Wilfred Herman, cut the cake. Another aunt, Cleo Mattson, recorded the gifts and a sister, Miss June Abbey, kept the guest book. After a three weeks' honeymoon in the west the newlyweds will be at home on the Gustafson farm, where they have their own home. Mrs. Gustafson, who graduated from Hazen high school in 1949, has been employed as a nurses aide at the Hazen hospital. Her husband graduated from Stanton high school in 1947 and has assisted his father on the farm since that time. Between seasons he has been employed at the Garrison dam and the REA. 


Thure Bror Orefalk (born November 19, 1916, in Asarum Bleki, Sweden), and Cleo Frances (Herman) Mattson were married October 27, 1951, in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND.


Thure Bror Orefalk and Cleo Frances (Herman) Mattson (Alice Frances Herman's youngest sister) wedding, October 27, 1951, in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. George T. Nelson is on the far left, and Marilyn Odell (Abbey) Gustafson is on the far right. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan. 


The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Monday, November 12, 1951

Orefalk - Mattson Vows Exchanged

At home at 2021 Pleasant avenue after a wedding trip through the south, are Mr. and Mrs. Thure B. Orefalk (Cleo Frances Mattson). They were married Oct. 27 in the parish house of St. Stephen's Catholic church. The bride is the daughter of Charles Herman, Beulah, N. D. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Orefalk, Hallstavik, Sweden. Mrs. Marilyn Gustafson, a niece of the bride, and George T. Nelson, the groom's cousin, were attendants for the couple. A breakfast for the bridal party and immediate families was held at 2615 Park avenue. An afternoon reception followed at 2730 Park avenue, where the bride lived formerly.


Sons-in-law: Loren Lang, Alice (Herman) Abbey, Arvid Gustafson, Don Wetzel, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1959. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Sons: Jim Abbey, Alan Abbey, Alice (Herman) Abbey, and Gale Abbey, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1959. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cousins: Back Row: Cindy Gustafson, Barry Wetzel, Vanessa Dolce, Kay Wetzel, Douglas Lang. Front Row: Kim Wetzel, Mike Dolce, Dean Lang, David Lang, Gary Dolce, Diane Lang, Jan Gustafson. Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, 1959. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


       

David Allan "Dave" Miller and Jacqueline Cordelia "Jackie" (Fiergola) Miller wrote this letter to Arvid Rudolf Gustafson and Marilyn Odell (Abbey) Gustafson on October 30, 1961. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Cindy and Jan Gustafson, Sandy and Larry Flemmer, 1960. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Marilyn, Arvid, Cindy, and Jan Gustafson, 1961. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Don Wetzel, Lenore Abbey Wetzel, baptismal sponsors for Mark Gustafson, 1961. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


First Cousins born in 1961; July, 1963, North Dakota. From left to right: Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel with Marsha Wetzel; Colleen (Abbey) Flemmer with Marie Flemmer; Marilyn (Abbey)Gustafson with Mark Gustafson; June (Abbey) Dolce with Tammy Dolce; and Donna (Abbey) Stasil with Stephanie Stasil. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Picnic at Alice Abbey's backyard, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, July, 1963. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

​Back row, Left to right: Alice (Herman) Abbey, bent over eating; Donna (Abbey) Stasil; Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel; June (Abbey) Dolce; Jan (Welk) Abbey; Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson; Don Wetzel; and Stan Stasil​.

Row 2, left to right: Barry Wetzel (lower left corner); and Mike Dolce, rust shirt, back seen and standing.​

​Row 3, left to right: front to back: Stephanie Stasil, sitting in high chair; Gary Dolce, almost hidden behind Stephanie Stasil; Cindy Gustafson; and Mark Gustafson, with bib.​

Front row, left to right: Diane Lang, facing forward, Pink shorts; Kay Wetzel, facing back with orange drink, blue shirt; and Jan Gustafson, lower right corner, barely in the picture.​

Kay Koslan comments: It looked my brother Barry Wetzel and my cousin Mike Dolce were up to no good because they had a long white cord. But then I recognized it was a type of child harness attached to Mark Gustafson at the front end so he wouldn't run off into the street! The only thing Barry and Mike were doing were holding onto that cord. I think it was attached to my Grandma Alice's clothes line, as they often did that to protect the kids from running off. This was especially important because there were 33 grandchildren. There were probably at least 20 in this gathering.


Donna (Abbey) Stasil; Stan Stasil; Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson; Faye Orfalk; Cleo (Herman) Orfalk; Mark Gustafson; Stephanie Stasil; 1964. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Below is a link to the "Beulah, North Dakota Golden '50' Years Anniversary, 1914-1964":

http://www.odessa3.org/collections/towns/link/beulah64.txt


Card playing in 1964 at the Alice Abbey home - a winter sport! From left to right: Alice Abbey (behind Don); Don Wetzel (glasses); Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson; Jim Abbey; Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel; Jan (Welk) Abbey; Alan Abbey. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The Pink Frosting House. Alice Abbey in back, 206 East Main Street, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, Summer, 1966.

The Abbey children cousins; Front row, Left to Right: Jan Gustafson, Larry Flemmer, Denise Lang?, Tammy Dolce, Sandy Flemmer, Stephanie Stasil, Mark Gustafson, Beth Wetzel, Gina Abbey, and Paul Flemmer. Back row, Left to Right: Vanessa Dolce, Mike Dolce, Gary Dolce, Kim Wetzel, Barry Wetzel, Cindy Gustafson (holding Scott Stasil), Kay Wetzel, Marsha Wetzel, and Marie Flemmer.


The Beulah Independent, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, March 2, 1967

By Glenn O. Elliot

Word was recently received by Mrs. Alice Abbey, Beulah, that she will be Mercer County's candidate for the North Dakota Mother of the Year contest to be held in Bismarck in April. Sponsoring Mrs. Abbey is the Mercer County Homemakers Council. The committee in charge of the contest is under the direction of Mrs. A. J. Dallman of Zap. Mrs. Abbey is the mother of nine children and has been a widow since 1943. Born in Glen Ullin in 1901, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Herman, Alice grew up on a ranch north of Glen Ullin. She graduated from Glen Ullin High School and attended teachers college in Valley City, after which she taught school for several years. In 1926 she married Oran Abbey and lived on the homestead south of Beulah until 1947 when she moved to Beulah with her family. She has been a busy woman and is still involved in many community activities. Right now she is busier than ever digging up past activities to be used in her biography. We all join in wishing her the best of luck in the contest. Wouldn't it be nice to have the Mother of the Year from Beulah?


The Beulah Beacon, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, March 4, 1976

Engaged...

Walter Hollifield

Janet Gustafson

Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Gustafson, Stanton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet, to Walter Hollifield, Bismarck. Hollifield is the son of Mr. and mrs. Frank Hollifield of Toccos, Georgia. The wedding is to be held May 8, at Stanton.


Abbey brothers and sisters at their mother's, Alice Frances (Herman) Abbey, funeral, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, April 1, 1982. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Marilyn Gustafson, Lenore Wetzel, Don Wetzel, Donna Stasil, Stan Stasil, Gale Abbey, Loren Lang, Lois Lang, Mike Dolce, June Dolce, Jan Abbey, Alan Abbey, Joyce Abbey, Jim Abbey, 1989. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Abbey Siblings; Lois, June, Lenore, Marilyn, Gale, Donna, Jim, Alan, 1989. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Darrin Lang, Loren Lang, Jim Abbey, Lenore Wetzel, Joyce Abbey, Delton Herman, Stubby Herman, Jan Abbey, Alan Abbey, Alicia Abbey, Lois Lang, June Dolce, Marilyn Gustafson, Gale Abbey, Unknown, Donna Abbey, 1989. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


Left to Right: Jan (Welk) Abbey, Lois (Abbey) Lang, Alan Abbey, Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson, and Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel, at Greg Abbey's wedding, October 11, 1996, Burleigh Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.


The 1998 Abbey sibling reunion, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND. Photo courtesy of Kay Koslan.

Left to Right, Back Row: Alan Abbey, and Gale Abbey.

Left to Right, Middle Row: Jan (Welk) Abbey, Alicia Abbey, Lenore (Abbey) Wetzel, Donald Wetzel, Lois (Abbey) Lang, and Lorraine (Thompson) (Boeck) Abbey.

Left to Right, Front Row: June (Abbey) Dolce, Arvid Gustafson, and Marilyn (Abbey) Gustafson.


Arvid Rudolf Gustafson died July 16, 1999, in Stanton, Mercer Co., ND, at age 71. Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND. Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, Sunday, July 18, 1999

Arvid Gustafson

STANTON - Arvid Gustafson, 71, Stanton, died July 16, 1999, in Beulah. Services will be 10 a.m. MDT Monday at St. Martin's Catholic Church, Hazen, with the Rev. Charles Zins officiating. Burial will be in Deapolis Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. today at the church, where a prayer vigil will begin at 7 tonight. Visitation will continue one hour before services. Arvid was born May 12, 1928, in Mandan, to Joe and Hilda (Olander) Gustafson. He was raised and educated in the Deapolis-Center area. He married Marilyn Abbey, June 3, 1950, at Beulah. They lived on the Gustafson ranch until 1965, when they moved to Stanton. Arvid was fortunate to have worked on two construction projects that have greatly influenced life in North Dakota. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator during the construction of Garrison Dam, and as a crane operator for Northern Improvement during construction of I-94. He also held a contract for rural mail service for several years. For more than 25 years, Arvid was employed by Basin Electric Power Cooperative at Glen Harold Mine near Stanton, and for many years until his retirement in 1990, he was a dragline operator. Arvid was an avid hunter and spent many summer weekends camping and fishing on Lake Sakakawea. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying. He also operated a woodcutting business for many years. He was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church, Mandan Elks, Beulah Eagles, UMWA Local 9702 and United Mine Workers. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Vicki, Mitchell, S.D.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy (Erdman) and Doug McEwan, Beulah, and Jan and Pat Batin, Mitchell; five grandchildren, Shawn Erdman, Shane Erman, Sunny Hollifield, Ian Hollifield and Cole Gustafson; four stepgrandchildren, Elissa Ver-Hey, Jesse Ver-Hey, Austin McEwan and Josh McEwan; one brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Joyce, Mandan; one sister, Ada Klindworth, Stanton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Perry Funeral Home, Mandan


Elmer A. Gustafson died July 12, 2004, at his home, Mandan, ND, at age 73.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, July 14, 2004

Elmer A. Gustafson, 73, Mandan, died July 12, 2004, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, and left in his own timely manner to join his eternal family. Due to remodeling of the United Church of Christ, Bismarck, services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 15, at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1109 N. 26th St., Bismarck, with the Rev. James Moos officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post 40 providing military honors. Following the burial, a gathering of family and friends will continue at The Post, south of Mandan on Highway 1806. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan. Elmer was born Feb. 18, 1931, at the family home in the Fort Clark area, to Joe and Hilda (Olander) Gustafson. He was raised on the family ranch and graduated from Center High School. Elmer served in the U.S. Army from February 1951 to February 1954. On May 1, 1954, Elmer and Joyce Moxley were united in marriage in Beulah. They lived on the Gustafson family ranch until 1955 when they moved to Mandan. Elmer drove taxi until he began working for the Standard Oil Co. Refinery, where he worked for the next 35 years until his retirement in October 1990. After retiring, Elmer worked for Dakota Tackle, WestCon Industries and at Bismarck State College. Following retirement, Elmer and Joyce spent their years traveling throughout the United States and Canada, which included an Alaskan Cruise in August 2003. Elmer was active in the American Legion for many years and served one term as the post commander. He also enjoyed his work in the Legion Baseball program. Elmer and Joyce volunteered as campground hosts for many years at state parks throughout the western U.S. They especially enjoyed the many years they worked at Sakakawea State Park. He was also active in the Boy Scout Program, serving as a scoutmaster for Troop 153, which was sponsored by First Lutheran Church in Mandan, drove as a volunteer for Mandan Meals on Wheels, a member of the Amoco Rec Club, Mandan Moose, the Eagles and volunteered with the PWT Tournament in Bismarck. Elmer was a member of the United Church of Christ, Bismarck. Elmer is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce; his children and their spouses, Hugh and Sue Gustafson, Stanton, and Joel and Denise Gustafson and Laurie and Jim Foerderer, all of Bismarck; his grandchildren, Lacy and Jesse Gustafson, Stanton, Nicole, Ryan and Eric Gustafson, Bismarck, Andrew Sorum, Hawley, Minn., Michael Sorum, Bismarck, and Adam Foerderer, Bismarck; his sister, Ada Klindworth, Stanton; his brother-in-law, Murray C. Moxley, Vancouver, British Columbia; and his sister-in-law, Marilyn Gustafson, Stanton. Preceding him in death were his parents, Hilda and Joe Gustafson; his brother, Arvid; and his brother-in-law, Henry Klindworth. The family appreciates the wonderful staff and volunteers from the St. Alexius Hospice program and the excellent care they provided. In lieu of flowers, Elmer's family would prefer memorials to either St. Alexius Hospice or the United Church of Christ Padded Pew Fund.


Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson died December 20, 2012, at Knife River Care Center, Beulah, Mercer Co., ND, at age 81. Buried in Deapolis Cemetery, Mercer Co., ND.


       

Marilyn Adell (Abbey) Gustafson.


The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND, December 25, 2012

Marilyn A. Gustafson, 81, Stanton, died peacefully Dec. 20, 2012, at Knife River Care Center, Beulah. Services will be held at 10 a.m. CST Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at St. Martins Catholic Church, Hazen, with the Rev. Ken Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Deapolis Cemetery, Rural Stanton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. CST Wednesday at St. Martins Catholic Church, Hazen. Marilyn was born in Beulah, on May 10, 1931, and was one of nine children, born to Oran and Alice (Herman) Abbey. She was raised and educated in Beulah. Marilyn worked at the Beulah Drug Store while attending high school and at the Hazen Hospital as a nurses aide. She loved taking care of new born babies and patients. On June 3, 1950, she married Arvid R. Gustafson, her loving husband of 49 years, at the chapel at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Beulah. Together they ranched at the Gustafson Family home place, near Stanton. Marilyn loved her vegetable and flower gardens, and also enjoyed sewing and baking. In 1965, they built a house and moved to Stanton. Marilyn became the branch bank manager and insurance representative in Stanton for the Union State Bank of Hazen. She retired there after 24 years. Marilyn and Arvid then began traveling, spending the winter months in Arizona, with several of her siblings. She loved and adored spending time with her family and friends. After retirement, she was instrumental in planning family vacations with her siblings. Marilyn had many interests, such as bowling, dancing, crafts, reading, music, quilting, camping and decorating wedding and birthday cakes. She was also a member of the Stanton Civic Club and Ladies and Couples Birthday Club. Marilyn was a very devoted member of the Catholic Church and the St. Martins Alter Society. She also loved to travel, taking trips with family and friends. She is survived by her children Cindy (Doug) McEwan, Beulah, Jan (Pat) Batin, Minneapolis, and Mark Gustafson, Mitchell, S.D.; five grandchildren, Shawn Erdman, Phoenix, Shane Erdman, Denver, Sunny Hollifield, Sioux Falls, S.D,, Ian Hollifield, Minneapolis, and Cole Gustafson, Mitchell, S.D.; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gale (Lorraine), Glendive, Mont., Jim (Joyce), Glendale, Ariz., and Alan (Jan), Beulah; three sisters, Lois (Loren) Lang, Sidney, Mont., June (Mike) Dolce, Liberty Lake, Wash., and Colleen (Delmar) Flemmer, Stevensville, Mont.; one brother-in-law, Donald Wetzel, Beulah; two sisters-in-law, Ada Klindworth, Center, and Joyce Gustafson, Mandan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters, Lenore Wetzel and Donna Stasel; and three brothers-in-law, Hank Klindworth, Elmer Gustafson and Stan Stasel. (Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home, Hazen and Beulah).