THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                             Wednesday, July 9, 2003


   Marie Estella Haugen, 93, was called to her eternal rest on July 3, 2003 in Havre. Visi­tation hours at the Edwards Fu­neral Home in Chinook were from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 9). Services will be held at the American Lu­theran Church in Chinook at 4:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) with Rev. Paul Spohn officiat­ing. Ken Overcast will be vocal­ist and Rita Campbell organist. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and interment will be in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Con­tributions in memory of Marie may be sent to the Chinook Sen­ior Center or the American Lu­theran Church of Chinook. Ed­wards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

   Marie was born to Dorsey Al­fred and Daisy Pearl (Studebaker) Meek on July 23, 1909 in Rolla, North Dakota. She moved with her parents and four brothers to a farm north of Nashua in 1910. She attended the Porcupine Ele­mentary School near Nashua and was the only child in the Meek family to complete her high school education-graduating from Nashua High School in


   On January 25, 1928, Marie married Harold N. Haugen in a ceremony that was held in her parents home. Following their marriage, Marie worked along­side her husband on a farm near Glasgow during the Great De­pression. Their first child, Wal­don LeRoy was born on February 9, 1929, followed by siblings Lois (born on April 5, 1933), Russell (September 1, 1934) and  Ellen (December 18, 1935)

   Marie and Harold bought the old Cromley Place west of Chi­nook in the spring of 1941 and remained on the place that be­came known affectionately as “The Neversweat.” Through the years they worked hard to build up a small herd of Hereford cattle, tame the land and improve the home and1arm buildings. She was a resourceful person and a hard-working woman who sewed, cooked, canned, gardened, helped with the raising of crops, plus tended a wide array of animals, ranging from milk cows to Bantam chickens. Despite a busy schedule, she always welcomed visitors with hospitality and good home cooked meals. In the 1940’s and 50’s she was awarded dozens of blue ribbons at the Blame County Fair for her flowers, jellies, canned vegetables and relishes.
   In 1988 Harold and Marie          began renting an apartment in town during the cold winter months, and two years later they moved permanently into the
Bear Paw Court in Chinook. They would drive out and spend time at “The Neversweat” and they enjoyed playing cards and dancing at the Senior Citizens Center.

   Harold passed away on June 12, 1992 and Marie lived alone at the Bear Paw Court until Octo­ber of 1994, when it became   necessary for her move into the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre. At first she was a cheerful, helpful person at the Care Center, but in the last year of her life she suffered the ravages of dementia and a number of physical ailments including diabetes.
   Survivors include daughters Lois Anderson of
Puyallup, WA and Ellen (Keith) Opprecht of Ogden. UT; a son. Russell (Do­ne) Haugen of Glasgow; daugh­ter-in-law Genevieve Haugen; brother-in-law Mark Haugen of Chinook; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great grandsons, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Harold; son Waldon on May 14, 1982; granddaughter Anna Marie Opprecht on November 28, 1960; grandson Marshall Opprecht on June 15, 1966; three sisters, Roxie Agnes (died in infancy), Evelyn Schneider and Blanche Weaver; and four brothers, Floyd, Art, Vein and Robert Meek.