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  • ID: I11355
  • _UID: 6EE0FAD86B424470BB4FAE01D69FBD60CC3F
  • Name: Meribeth Lenore FOLKEDAHL
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 21 MAY 1944 in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Death: 3 JUL 2015 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Burial: 10 JUL 2015 St. Pauli Cemetery, Rocksbury Township, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Christening: 1 JUN 1952 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note: Sponsor: Mrs. Leland Mandt
  • Note:

    Meribeth Lenore Folkdedahl was born on May 21, 1944 in Columbia, South Carolina the daughter of Sigurd and Bonnie (Williams) Folkedahl.

    She was baptized and confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church and was a current member.

    Meribeth has been lovingly known as ?Merf? for most of her life (although most St. Pauli members always called her Meribeth). She attended Washington District 221 country school through the 7th grade, then attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. Following high school, Merf moved to Grand Forks, ND and worked at the International House of Pancakes.

    In 1965, she was united in marriage to Winston Reay and to this union three children were born: Scott, Staci and Brett.

    Merf was a people person and loved visiting and planning get togethers with family, friends and people she knew through work. She was instrumental in getting people together to share good food and conversation. She especially enjoyed spending time with her large extended family. If you became part of her family through a relationship or previous marriage, then you were considered part of her family forever. She also remained close to her family overseas in England and visited them often.

    She worked at Hugo?s deli for 26 years, and also thought of them as her second family. She was a caring and tolerant person, and many people who shopped at Hugo?s would stop by and chat with Merf ? for advice, a laugh, or even a hug. Merf was vivacious, outgoing and full of energy. She loved traveling with her daughter, friends and family to interesting places including Alaska, Hawaii and even Cuba. And she was up for trying anything new. She loved adventure and anything that involved speed. She liked to drive and was a habitual speeder with a lead foot (which drove her boyfriend crazy). It wasn?t unusual to see a speeding ticket in her glove box.

    When she was younger, she often drove in the powder puff races at local stock car racing events. She enjoyed go-cart racing, tubing at the lake, parasailing, helicopter rides, and she even tried skydiving. She loved life, family and friends. She will be missed by many.

    In June 1994, Merf married her best friend, William ?Billy? Dicken, and she embraced Billy?s children and grandchildren as her own.

    For the past 14 years, Merf had a special relationship with Wayne Kruse. The couple enjoyed playing bingo, dancing, and traveling to visit with relatives and friends, Again, Merf embraced Wayne?s siblings, children and grandchildren as her own.

    Survivors include her loving children: Staci Reay of Thief River Falls and Brett (Becky) Reay and their children, Samuel and Lucinda, of Grand Forks, ND; Billy?s daughter, Lisa Dicken and her son, Austin; Billy?s daughter-in-law, Tammy Dicken and her children, William, Alexandra, Daniel and granddaughter, Brynley; Billy Jr.?s special friend, Kari Iverson and her children, Lainey and Shea, all of Thief River Falls; siblings, Dian Wilde, Craig (special friend, Laureen Halvorson) Folkedahl, Deborah (Leon) Hams, Jonathon (Darlene) Folkedahl, Mark (Connie) Folkedahl, Bruce (Connie) Folkedahl; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

    She is preceded in death by husband, William Dicken; son, Scott Reay; Billy?s son, William Dicken; parents, Sigurd and Bonnie Folkedahl; sister-in-law, Nancy Folkedahl; grandparents, Orva and Elsie Williams, Hover and Gurina Folkedahl.
    Visitation was held from 5 ? 8 pm on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, with a 7 pm prayer service and visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

    Funeral services were held at 10:30 am, Friday, July 10, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Pastor Carl Hansen officiating. Burial followed at St. Pauli Cemetery.

    Memorials are suggested to the Pennington County Humane Society.
  • Change Date: 26 JUL 2015



    Father: Sigurd Johannes FOLKEDAHL b: 3 MAY 1914 in Minnesota
    Mother: Bonnie Arminta b: 11 SEP 1922 c: 16 SEP 1951 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota

    Marriage 1 Living REAY
      Children
      1. Has No Children Scott Gale REAY b: 26 MAR 1965 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesot
      2. Has No Children Living REAY
      3. Has No Children Living REAY

      Marriage 2 Living DICKEN
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