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Ardis L. Gillett

Ardis L. Gillett

Ardis Lucille Gillett, 88, of Bemidji died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Bemidji with Rev. Gay Albers officiating. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm Friday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Basey Cemetery near Winnebago, MN.

Ardis was born on January 14, 1925 "on the farm" near Amboy, MN to Harry and Anna Keith. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ted, infant daughter Mary Lynn, four brothers (Woodrow, Wendell, Mike, and George), and two sisters (Shirley and Audrey).

Ardis grew up in a large, loving, and musical family in southern Minnesota. She attended Woodland, a one-room school through eighth grade and then graduated from Winnebago High School in 1942. Ardis moved to Seattle to be with her sister during the war. Upon her return, she met and married Ted Gillett in 1948. They raised two daughters in Austin and St. Cloud, MN, then moved one final time to Bemidji, where she has lived for the last 31 years.

Ardis was actively supportive of Ted's role at BSU and immersed herself in community and church activities. She and Ted traveled extensively and wintered in Texas for many years, but her roots were deep in Minnesota. Ardis was a sensational cook, an avid bridge player, and proud of her Swedish heritage. She loved jigsaw puzzles, Sousa marches, grapes, peanut M&Ms, Wheel of Fortune, and playing Wipe Out. However, her number one priority was family. Time spent with family and friends at their home, at reunions, and at their North Star Lake cabin gave her great joy. Ardis was 88 years young and will be dearly missed.

Ardis is survived by her two daughters, Judy (Duane) Dittberner, Amy Gillett (Paul Keller), and her only granddaughter, Sarah Anne Dittberner, her brother Wayne Keith, and her sister Beverly Chapla.

Memorials are preferred to the Ted and Ardis Gillett Presidential Scholarship at BSU, The Bemidji United Methodist Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji, or the American Lung Association.

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