Fern Liden 91, Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center, Erskine, MN.

Funeral service to celebrate Fern’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Pastor Timothy Lundeen officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Fern Alva Nelson was born October 2, 1926 in Grand Plain Township, Marshall County, MN the daughter of Oscar and Annie (Lubitz) Nelson.  She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.  She attended school in Germantown, MN through her sophomore year.  Fern then went to work for her brother Curdis Nelson where she drove a dairy route in the rural Mavie area alongside her sister Helen.

On May 25, 1947 Fern was united in marriage to Kenton W. Liden at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  They made their home in Thief River Falls and to this union two sons were born Wayne and Mark.  While living in Thief River Falls Fern worked for many years at J.C. Penny.  After moving to Fergus Falls in 1979 she continued working for J.C. Penny and later for Herberger’s, retiring in the mid-1990’s.  They later moved to South Turtle Lake near Underwood, MN.

Fern enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing cards (and she loved to win!).  She was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed following the Twins and Vikings.  Curling was a big part of her family.  Fern was very competitive and her curling team consistently competed in the Minnesota State Tournament.   The couple made several trips to Montana to fish with her brothers Al and Bud Nelson and their wives Betty and Helen.

While living in Thief River Falls, Fern was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and after moving to Fergus Falls became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Fern was a member and board member of the Thief River Falls Curling Club.

Survivors include her sons Wayne (Kathy) Liden of Menahga, MN and Mark (Rhoda) Liden of Fargo, ND; granddaughters Kelly (Kyle) Jordet and Kate Liden all of East Grand Forks; grandson Ryan (Shea) Schneider of Ault, CO; great-grandchildren Emma Jordet, Owen Liden Lill, Mason Liden Lill, Sabina Schneider, Gavin Schneider and Charley Schneider; sister Violet Weigel of New Ulm, MN; sister-in-law Betty Liden of Thief River Falls; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenton on August 24, 2007; parents; and siblings Alfred (Betty) Nelson, Curdis (Ida) Nelson, Gladys (Harold) Jorstad, Bud (Helen) Nelson, Isabelle (Jerry) Latta, Alice (Stanley) Hruby, Helen (Clifford “Kife”) Olson and Lillian (Ralph) Klockman; and brother-in-law Bernie Weigel.

Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com



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