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Harriet Mercer

April 21, 1923-Aug. 26, 2008

Former Lake Park resident Harriet J. Martinson Mercer, 85, of Willmar, died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Harriet Jane Faulk was born to Herbert and Hilda (Olson) Faulk on April 21, 1923, in Fridley, Minn. She grew up in Columbia Heights, Minn., where she attended school. She married Gordon Martinson in 1946. They lived in Lake Park, where they owned and operated a tavern. Gordon died in 1966, and Harriet continued to operate their business until 1990, when she retired and moved to Fargo.

Harriet moved to Willmar in 2005. She was a member of the VFW in Detroit Lakes at the time of her death.

Surviving Harriet are her children, Ted Martinson of Denver, Colo., Gordy Martinson of Detroit Lakes, Don Martinson of Fargo and Darcy (John) Michener of Willmar; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Westview Village in Willmar.