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Agnes R. Gartrell - December 05, 2013


Agnes R. Gartrell, age 90, of Grant, Neb. and longtime resident of the Dickens and Wallace, Neb. area, passed away Dec. 1, 2013 at the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant.
Agnes was born July 3, 1923 at Mandal, Norway to Reinert and Amanda (Osestad) Haugland. Agnes was three weeks old when her dad immigrated to the United States, returning to Norway in 1928 to bring his family back to the United States. Agnes attended school at Star District #17 south of Hershey, Neb. She later earned a business degree from Luther College at Wahoo, Neb.
On Dec. 20, 1945, Agnes married Charles Raymond Gartrell. The couple made their home on ranches in the Dickens and Wallace area. Their union was blessed with four children, Beverly, Jim, Bruce and Diane.
In 1955 Agnes earned her United States citizenship. The family moved to Wallace in 1966. Agnes worked at the Farmer’s State Bank in Wallace for many years.
Agnes was an excellent caregiver and dedicated mother. She made the clothes that her children wore throughout much of their childhoods. Her skill as a seamstress was originally out of necessity. She loved to sew, appliqué and quilt, as well as making stuffed animals for the grandchildren. Agnes enjoyed growing flower and large vegetable gardens and canned for many years. She was an excellent cook, and was known locally for her excellent homemade pies.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Raymond; brother, Magnus; sister, Hedvig Anderson; and an infant brother, Elmer.
Survivors include her two daughters, Beverly and husband Kenneth Gibson of Geneva, Neb. and Diane and husband Rick Bryant of Wallace; two sons, Jim and wife Mitzi Gartrell of Wallace and Bruce and wife Diana Gartrell of Columbus, Neb.; sister, Esther Ingstrom of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Jason and wife Kelly Gibson, Ginny Ashley, Misty Gartrell, Mandy and husband Jamie Einspahr, Shiloh and husband Mike Folchert, Brian Gartrell, Jeff Gartrell, Gregory and wife Jessica Gartrell, Cody and wife Crystal Bryant and Zac Bryant; 13 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
Services were held on Dec. 4, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Wallace with Pastor Harun Gatobu officiating. Burial was at the Dickens Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Women in Wallace or to the Wallace American Legion in her memory.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant was in charge of arrangements.