A memorial service for Mavis Kelder, 75, Valley City, ND, formerly of Verona, ND, will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Verona. Burial will be in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery, Verona. Mavis died at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND on October 8, 2013.
Visitation will be held at the Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel in Valley City on Monday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. A prayer service will be held there beginning at 7:00. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Mavis Adele Kelder, the oldest child of Milton and Amanda (Miller) Utecht was born on May 2, 1938 in LaMoure, ND. She grew up on a farm near Verona, ND, and attended school there, graduating in 1956. She went on to Valley City Teacher's College graduating and receiving her Teacher's Certificate in 1958. On August 10, 1958, she married Forrest "Twig" Kelder at her parents’ home in rural Verona.
Mavis' first two years of teaching were in a one room schoolhouse- Greenville 2. She continued teaching in Verona and LaMoure for a total of 34 years before retiring in 2000.
Mavis is survived by her daughter, Cressy Liljenquist, Valley City, ND; three grandchildren, Devon Liljenquist, Fargo, ND, and Braden and Carissa Liljenquist, Valley City, ND; a brother, Rodney (Ginger) Utecht; and two nephews, Greg Utecht Jr., and Jesse (Michelle) Utecht.
Mavis was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one brother, Greg Utecht Sr.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel, Valley City. An online guestbook for Mavis is available at www.oliver-nathanchapel.com