Myrtle W. Arvidson, age 101, of Parkers Prairie, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at St. William’s Living Center.
Funeral services are 11 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2017, at Esther Lutheran Church in rural Parkers Prairie with Rev. Tom Kolden officiating. Music is provided by organist, Marcia Guether and vocalist, Karin Wagner. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m., Sunday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Myrtle Wilhelmina was born on April 28, 1916, to Carl “Emil” and Singney (Peterson) Skoglund in Minneapolis. She attended school through the eighth grade in Minneapolis. Following her education, Myrtle worked as a nanny and at Kresge’s Department Store. She was united in marriage to Walfred Arvidson on June 6, 1938, at Spruce Hill Church. Following their marriage, they lived in Minneapolis for a short time until they moved to Eastern Township to farm next to Walfred’s parents. They continued to farm for 60 + years until her husband, Walfred died in 2003. Myrtle lived on the farm until 2008, when she moved into Parkers Prairie. She was a very active member of Esther Lutheran Church, where she was the organist from 1963-1996. She was also active in WELCA, Homemakers, 4-H, and Birthday Club. Myrtle loved to sew, quilt, crafts, garden, and bake. She and her husband loved to travel on bus tours and trips to Alaska and Hawaii following their retirement. The love of her life was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visiting with friends and family was always a highlight of her day.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Clifford; and daughter-in-law, Sundra.
Myrtle is survived by her two sons, Gary in Minneapolis and Brian (Vicki) of Eagle Bend; two daughters, Dianne (Dave) Parnow of Anchorage, Alaska and Patricia (Roger) Paavola of Memphis, Tennessee; brother, Paul Skoglund of Minneapolis; sister, Loretta Johnson of Clarissa; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are her six grandsons, Dan Arvidson, Donavan Arvidson, Nathan Arvidson, Jeremy Arvidson, Ben Arvidson, Chris Paavola, and Rick Paavola. Honorary pallbearers are her grandson, Dirk Arvidson and three granddaughters, April Arvidson, Autumn Arvidson and Angela Shirley.