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Ellendale, ND-Memorial service for Marlus Ione Hokana, 94, of Ellendale will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Ellendale.  Rev. Justin Brotzel will officiate.

Burial will be in North Savo Cemetery, rural Frederick at a later date.

There will be a prayer service at 7:00 pm, Friday, October 25, 2019 with a time of fellowship from 5:00-7:00 pm at the church.

Marlus died October 16, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society Oakes.

Marlus Ione Imboden was born to John and Bessie (Wickwire) Imboden at the family home in rural Elliot, ND on March 8, 1925.  She attended country school south of Elliot for four years, and then attended school in Elliot when the family moved to Elliot, graduating from Elliot High School in 1942.

After graduating, Marlus moved to Ellendale, ND, where her sister Thelma (Herman) Volz lived.  In the fall of 1942, Marlus enrolled at Ellendale Normal Industrial School (“NI”).  She signed a teacher’s contract to teach 16 students at Ada #2 country school in the fall of 1943, at 18 years of age.  She completed her Standard Normal degree in Education in 1945, by attending summer class at the “NI” in Ellendale.  Marlus taught for another year after graduating.

While teaching school at Ada #2, Marlus resided at the residence of Emil and Hillia Hokana, where she met their oldest son, William E., her future husband.  They were married on June 2, 1945 in Aberdeen, SD.  Marlus and William (Bill) raised a family of six children in Ada Township, Dickey County, ND.

Marlus is survived by her six children and their spouses, including Sheryl (Edwin) Olson of Marcell, MN; Joetta Redlin (Merle Hastings) of Calmar, IA; Glenda (Irvin) Buckman of Belfield, ND; Gail Gallagher of Peoria, AZ, Elnora Hokana (Steve Halonen) of rural Oakes, ND; and Curtis (Merri) Hokana of Columbia, SD.  Marlus is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren (another one expected to arrive soon).  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and dear friends and neighbors.  She will be dearly missed by all.

In addition to raising six children, Marlus worked part-time at Anthony’s Department Store in Ellendale, ND for her sister and brother-in-law Thelma and Herman Volz for 15 years.  She enjoyed baking, sewing, crocheting, paper quilling, quilting, scrap booking and bird watching.  She was an avid high school basketball fan, as well, having played basketball during her school years.

In her later years, Marlus voluntarily crocheted baby caps for newborns at hospitals in Aberdeen, SD.  She crocheted thousands of “scrubbies” from nylon netting.  Marlus participated in projects for the VFW Auxiliary of Ellendale, making neck pillows and crocheting afghans for veterans at the Veterans Home in Lisbon, ND.  She was honored to receive the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the VFW Auxiliary in 2013.

Marlus was preceded in death by her husband, William E. (Bill) Hokana in February 2002; her brother, Marvin Imboden, sisters Thelma Volz, Beverly Wiltse, and half-sister, Norma Strahm.  She was also preceded by several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephew and niece.

Marlus’ family would like to thank the staff of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Good Samaritan Society Oakes and Red River Valley Palliative and Hospice Care.  A very special thank you to Amanda Merkel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to North Savo Cemetery or North Savo Church, Pioneer Church Restoration Association, c/o John Martinson, 10133 96th Ave SE, Oakes, ND 58474-9163 or Ellendale Public Library, 75 1st Avenue South, Ellendale, ND 58436 or a charity of your choice.

God Bless the memory of Marlus Imboden Hokana.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Ellendale has been entrusted with arrangements.