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Marjorie A. Warner

Marjorie A. Warner, 81, West Fargo, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Villa Maria Care Center, Fargo, N.D.

Marjorie Ann Backstrom was born September 6, 1928 at St. John's Hospital in Fargo to David W. and Anna (Bakken) Backstrom. The family lived on the George Walkinshaw farm at Argusville and then moved to a farm south of Prosper, N.D. in the fall of 1930.

She attended school at Prosper and was graduated from high school at Mapleton, in 1945. She also took classes at Concordia College, NDSU and Moorhead Technical College.

Marjorie married Donald Warner, September 22, 1945 at the Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, rural Harwood. They farmed near Mapleton until moving to Fargo in 1981.

She was a former Co-owner of Variety Tours of Fargo until 1983 and was also employed by Virginia Flora Lingerie Shop, SCR Tours, Utopia Tours N.D., Ag Statistics Services, Strategic Communications, Tharaldson Enterprises and Hospice of The Red River Valley. For more than 15 years, Marjorie worked at Dakota Hospital in Fargo, where she worked in admissions, emergency services and the hospital admitting department, retiring in May 1996. Marjorie took the necessary training and became a licensed nursing assistant and worked for Midwest Home Health until September, 2000, retiring on her 72nd birthday. Marjorie had lived in West Fargo for the past two years.

Marjorie was baptized, confirmed and married at Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church. She was past superintendent of the Sunday School, president of the LCW and past president of the Mapleton PTA. She was a member of the Sons of Norway and a charter member of their Kringen Kor and enjoyed singing Norwegian songs. She was past president of the Cass County Farm Bureau State Board and served as Republican chairwoman for the Raymond Township precinct.

She enjoyed traveling, visiting 5 continents, 34 countries and 44 of the 50 states. She was also an avid antique collector. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her family and friends with a special emphasis on her 3 grandchildren, Tanya, Chad and James.

She is survived by two sons, Ross (Katherine), Mapleton, Daniel (Betty), International Falls, Minn.; three beloved grandchildren, Tanya, Chad and James; one brother, Daniel (Pearl) Backstrom, Fargo; sister, Betty Knight, Casper, Wyo. and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Backstrom Jr.; sister, Eileen Lewis and her very precious youngest son, James, in an auto accident in October, 1980.

Marjorie loved people and tried to be a good friend and neighbor to all.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. in West Funeral Chapel, West Fargo, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 22, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church, rural Harwood. Burial will be at Maple Sheyenne Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent online

(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)