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Minnie Pederson Smith

May 23, 1919 August 3, 2018
Minnie Pederson Smith
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Obituary for Minnie Pederson Smith

Minnie Pederson Smith, age 99, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Friday, August 3rd, at McIntosh Senior Living. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11th, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in McIntosh with the Rev. John Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Vernes Lutheran Cemetery, rural McIntosh. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home, serving McIntosh. Messages of condolence may be sent at www.carlinfuneral.com.

Minnie Irene Haugen Pederson Smith, the beloved matriarch of her family, died August 3, 2018, in McIntosh, Minn. She was 99. She lived a long and faithful life and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The daughter of Norwegian immigrants Ole and Mattie Nelson Haugen, Minnie was born May 23, 1919 in Chester Township, Minn. She was the sixth of nine children born to the couple. She was baptized and confirmed at Vernes Lutheran Church in Hill River Township. Minnie attended the Lindsay School in Hill River Township, where she graduated from the eighth grade.

Minnie married her first husband, Myron Ernest Pederson, in 1937. They lived in Oklee, Duluth, and then McIntosh, where Minnie worked at the Warford Drug Store and raised five children until Myron’s death in 1951. She remarried in 1964, moving to Montana with her second husband Melvin Smith until his death in 1970.

She eventually returned to McIntosh where she tended her roses, hollyhocks, peonies, and irises. Minnie loved the outdoors and could hardly wait for springtime each year.

But Minnie didn’t spend all her time in McIntosh. Affectionately known as “Grandma Travels” to her family, Minnie frequently hit the road to visit family around the country by car, plane, and Greyhound bus. But her most notable trip might have been her 1992 visit to Norway. Despite being worried about remembering the language, Minnie was chatting away in Norwegian within minutes of meeting her long-lost cousins.

When Minnie wasn’t traveling, she was busy at home in McIntosh, where she canned fresh produce from her vegetable garden, made krumkake and lefse, and baked caramel rolls from scratch. An experienced seamstress, Minnie made clothes for herself, her children, and even her granddaughters' dolls. A lifelong Lutheran, she was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Minnie lived independently in her home until age 93, when she moved to McIntosh Senior Living.

Minnie is survived by her children Muriel (John) Rice of Robbinsdale, Minn., Carole (Carl) Ryken of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Betty Ferguson of White Bear Lake, Minn., and James (Pamela) Pederson of Loveland, Colo.; daughter-in-law Bonnie Pederson of Hayward, Calif.; grandchildren Alison (Joe Malin) Rice of Arlington, Va., Erica (Jay Mazalewski) Rice of Driggs, Idaho; Hilary (Judson) Doyle of Fort Collins, Colo., and Andrew (Britany) Pederson of Nunn, Colo., and great-grandchildren Lucy and Charlotte Malin, Mason Doyle, and Anna and Aubrey Pederson.

Minnie was preceded in death by her son Myron Pederson and eight siblings: Petra Swanson, James Haugen, Clarence Nytar Haugen, Otto Haugen, Selma Grundyson Johnson, Lloyd Haugen, Orvilla Bartz, and Norma Ous.

Memorial donations may be sent to Vernes Lutheran Church, 29961 320th St. SE, McIntosh, Minn., 56556 or Immanuel Lutheran Church, 305 Jackson Ave. NW, McIntosh, Minn., 56556.


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Visitation

Saturday

11

Aug

10:00 AM 8/11/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/11/2018 11:00:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

305 Jackson St. NW
McIntosh, MN 56556

Immanuel Lutheran Church
305 Jackson St. NW McIntosh 56556 MN
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

11

Aug

11:00 AM 8/11/2018 11:00:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

305 Jackson St. NW
McIntosh, MN 56556

Immanuel Lutheran Church
305 Jackson St. NW McIntosh 56556 MN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Vernes Lutheran Church

29961 320th Ave. SE
McIntosh, MN 56556

Immanuel Lutheran Church

305 Jackson St. NW
McIntosh, MN 56556
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