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Louella Mae Cease

Louella Mae Cease

Louella M. Cease, 102, of Clearbrook, Minnesota formerly of Bagley, Minnesota died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Bagley, MN with the Pastor Verlyn Strenge officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. lead by Vivian Torkelson. Interment will be at the Bagley City Cemetery in Bagley, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.

A baby girl was born to David and Hattie Darst in a small rural home on Lake Adley near Parker’s Prairie, Minnesota on April 14, 1911. No name was given to the little girl because the parents were stricken by the death of another baby girl who was only 14 months old. She drown in Lake Adley. An uncle suggested that the name Louella should be chosen after the brand of butter made in Parker’s Prairie creamery. So she became Louella Mae.

The family resided in Spring Valley, MN for a short time and then moved back to Parker’s Prairie until 1920. A farm was purchased in Copley Township where the Darst family lived for many years. Louella attended a rural school, the Shevlin School and Bagley Public School. Her high school years were spent working for her room and board at the local hospital under the able instruction of Dr. Leroy Larson and wife, Mary. She graduated from Bagley High School as valedictorian in 1929. Louella continued working as an office nurse for Dr. Larson, Roger Swenson, and Wilbur Covey over the old First National Bank Building until 1932 when she began classes in the Teacher’s Training Department offered in the high school. She taught almost two years at Dist. #44 near Lake Itasca until her marriage to Kenneth Cease on April 11, 1935. He was a boyhood sweetheart since the 4th grade. Together, Louella and Kenny operated Kenny’s Oil Company until that was sold after World War II. The couple had two daughters, Kay and Charlene. They continued to operate a store which was named Kenny’s Sales and Service for forty years across the street from the original filling station on Hwy. 2 which is now the former Daroo’s next to Harwood Oil. Kenny passed away in 1982 and Louella sold the business in 1984. She continued to live at the Quad C Ranch, after retirement until the late 1990’s. She moved to the Villages of Bagley, where she lived for several years, before moving to her daughter Charlene’s home in Clearbrook, MN. She moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook, where she has lived ever since.

She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Bagley. She also served on the REA Board, and was a volunteer at Greensview Nursing Home. She loved to travel, knit and crochet. Together with her Dad, Louella used her crafty talent and made blankets, socks and caps and sent them overseas to soldiers in World War II. Louella has entered projects in the Clearwater County Fair since she was 10 years old. She was known for her homemade fudge and divinity. Louella was honored by being named Clearwater County Outstanding Senior Citizen.

Survivors include her two daughters – Kay Panek of Colorado

Charlene Cease of Clearbrook, MN

Five grandchildren and six great grandchildren

Preceded in death by her mother and father, two brothers – Eldon and Delbert, one baby sister – Lila Lucille, and husband - Kenneth

Memorials are preferred to the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook.

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