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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Marie Vance
August 4, 1931 - May 30, 2018

Place of Birth: Rural Ray, ND
Residence: Ray, North Dakota
Age: 86

MARIE ROSE (HARTSOCH) VANCE was born August 4th, 1931 to Lloyd and Olga Hartsoch. In 1935 the family moved to the family farm in Hofflund Township. Marie was raised on very little as they attempted to farm during the drought of the 30’s. They had a few milk cows and chickens and put up thistles for hay. By “doing without”, hard work and a strong faith in God they were able to survive the drought of the 30’s. They had an old piano and Marie learned to play by ear at a very early age. She attended Sunday School and was confirmed at Beaver Creek Church. Marie attended grade school in rural Hofflund School through 6th grade and finished her schooling at Ray High School, graduating Valedictorian of her class. Marie was very proud of this and the fact that while in high school won two state soloist contests, the trophies she won are still in the showcase at the Ray school. After graduation she worked as a legal secretary for Morris Borstad, an attorney in Ray/Tioga and saved money to go to one year of college at Augsburg in Minneapolis, MN. While going to college she worked in the Dean’s office to help pay for board and room.

Wayne and Marie met at confirmation classes at the Beaver Creek Church and also when their mothers’ brought them along to the Ladies Aid area meetings, as the meetings were all held in the homes. They were not interested in each other at the time. Marie’s brother, Arvey, and his friend Tom Judd got tired of taking Marie along to shows and what not, so they decided to find a boyfriend for her—hence Wayne Vance. Things worked out well, and Wayne and Marie were married June 10, 1951. After their marriage they moved to the Vance farm in Nesson Township. It is on this farm where they spent the next 67 years. Here they raised their four children. When they got married, Wayne owned a Dodge truck and Marie had a sow and seven little pigs. In 1956 they got their first black and white television. Entertainment back then was playing cards and getting together with the neighbors. Most time was spent working on the farm and raising cattle and horses. Marie always had a garden and raised and canned vegetables for her family. She loved to quilt and crochet and had many handmade items in her home. Marie was happiest at holidays when there was lots of food prepared and her house bursting to the seams with family.

In 1986 Marie worked as a legal secretary for the Neff law firm in Williston, retiring in 2004. She was a member of the Beaver Creek Church and the Ladies Aid all her life and held many offices within those organizations, and she was currently the Church pianist. Marie loved her music and played piano and sang for many, many weddings, funerals and other functions over the years. She was a 4-H leader and the secretary for the Mondak Quarter Horse Association for many years. Marie was a very generous and understanding person to her family and friends. Marie was very proud of her family and loved every one. She will be missed by all of them.

Marie was preceded in death by an infant son, Curtis Wayne; daughter, Arlene Kingstad; parents, Lloyd and Olga Hartsoch; father and mother-in-law, Carl and Doris Vance; and brother, Arvey Hartsoch; brother in law, Earl Hartsoch.

Marie is survived by her husband, Wayne; two daughters, Connie (Les) Tofte and Terry (Russell) Hauge; one son, John Vance; a sister, Ara Hartsoch; brother in law, Wally Vance and his wife, Sharon; sister in law, Iona Hartsoch; son-in-law, David Kingstad; 10 Grandchildren, Gina Kingstad, Clint (Dawn) Kingstad, Linda (Mitch) O’Connor, Brenda (Scott) Foster, Brandon (Stephanie) Tofte, JoAnn Messina, Danielle (Will) Terrett, Steven (Shannon) Hauge, Kevin (Keri) Hauge, Darrin (LeAndra) Hauge; 26 Great Grandchildren; 5 Great Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials can be made to Home on the Range in Sentinel Butte, ND or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch of Minot, ND.

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Pattie and David Biwer (Tioga, ND)
May 31, 2018
Wayne, Terry, Russell and all of Marie’s wonderful family, we are so sorry to hear of her passing. Please know that we share in your grief and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Let us know if we can do anything for you…
Mick Eberle (Williston , Nd)
May 31, 2018
Our sympathy. I’m glad dad was friends with you folks, so I got to know you too! I’ve so enjoyed Marie when I stopped for coffee or elsewhere. Our thoughts and prayers. Mick and Carol
Kathleen Key Imes (Williston, ND)
May 31, 2018
So very sad to learn of Marie’s passing. I admired and respected her in so many ways. She was self-reliant, industrious and trustworthy.she will be greatly missed in our little part of the world. God bless her family.
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
May 31, 2018
Wayne and family, so sorry for your loss. RIP Marie. Hugs and prayers for her family.
Kathy Berosik (williston, 218 5th st west)
May 31, 2018
Connie and Family: My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Charles & Lois Daniel (Ray, ND)
May 31, 2018
Too all of Marie's family. She was a wonderful lady. I remember her singing solos in High School. Keep all the memories in your hearts. RIP Marie.
Beth M Innis (Willston, ND)
Jun 1, 2018
Wayne and Family,
Marie will be truly missed. We knew that when election time came around Marie was always there to help out with all of her knowledge and expertise. May she rest in peace.
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig
Jun 1, 2018
Connie & Family
My prayers & thoughts are with all of you so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you keep her memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..

Sincere Sympathy,
Harold & Penny Hagen (Crosby, North Dakota)
Jun 1, 2018
Wayne, Connie & all of Marie's family. We're so very sorry to hear of Marie's passing. She was a great, hard working lady and will leave a void in many lives. Sympathy to all
Kathy Lynch (Williston, ND)
Jun 2, 2018
Terri and Russ and family sorry to hear about Marie's passing. She was a wonderful person. She was always good to me. She will be missed in the world of quarter horses as well as many other places. Godspeed
Robert Seidel (Wheatland, Wyoming)
Jun 2, 2018
We're so sorry to hear Marie has left us, but we know she's making music and singing with the Angel's. Bob and Gwen Seidel
Linda (Davidson) Wooters (Denton, TX)
Jun 3, 2018
So very sorry to hear about Marie. Sending my love, thoughts, and prayers to the entire family. Marie was the most thoughtful, kind, generous, and hard working lady. She was multi-talented. I can still see her singing and playing the piano. Now she is singing in the Heavenly Choir!! Can't you just picture the smile on her face. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort each of you.
Dale and Linda Farver (Bismarck, nd)
Jun 3, 2018
Wayne, Connie, John and family so sorry for your loss it was always a pleasure going to Marie's for dinner such a talented lady in many ways. Prayers and hugs.
Kim & Larry Stumpf (Oconomowoc, Wisconsin)
Jun 3, 2018
Wayne and family, so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Marie playing the piano and dad singing together. Now they will be singing in heaven together and giving Uncle Arvey grief. Prayers for you all.
Mike and Kim Olson (Williston, ND)
Jun 4, 2018
To Vance family,
We were so sad to hear of Marie passing. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this time of sadness. Mike and Kim Olson
Harold and Linda Dragseth (Williston, ND)
Jun 4, 2018
Wayne and all of Marie's family; Marie was such a very sweet genuine lady. We always enjoyed our visits and laughs at MonDak Quarter horse meetings and trail rides. She will be missed by all of us,our thoughts and prays are with all of you
Sharon & Gus Rud (Center, ND)
Jun 4, 2018
Connie & family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Moms are amazing people and stay in our hearts forever. The impact that she made in all your lives will live on. God Bless, Gus & Sharon
Jamie & Brent Overland (Crosby, ND)
Jun 5, 2018
Wayne and family,
We are sorry to hear about Marie. She was a very special lady. So glad to have known her.
Richard and Lila Meuchel (Bismarck)
Jun 5, 2018
We were sorry to hear of Marie passing. Due to circumstance we were unable to attend her funeral. Deepest sympathy to Wayne and family.
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