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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
M. Margaret Eikren
April 18, 1922 - September 2, 2019

Place of Birth: Rural Watford City, ND
Residence: Williston, ND, formerly of Alexander, ND
Age: 97

M. Margaret Nepstad was born on April 18, 1922 to Carl and Hulda (Braaten) Nepstad in Watford City, ND. She and her two younger sisters, Evelyn and Hazel, were raised on the farm 12 miles SE of Watford City and moved to Rawson, ND in 1939.

She was married to Gilbert Leer in 1944 and although they had no children of their own, Margaret raised her half sister from the age of 2 through high school. After 41 years of marriage, Margaret was widowed and later married Pete Eikren who also passed.

Margaret continued to live in the Eikren home in Alexander for many years; keeping busy with sewing, quilting and church activities. She also worked part time doing housework and making pies and caramel rolls for the local cafe. While living in Rawson and Alexander she went to every “Old Settler’s” picnic since its inception more than sixty years ago and had the “buttons” to prove it. She very much enjoyed attending ladies groups, but one by one, her friends moved into retirement homes. Alexander became a lonely place even though at the age of 92, she continued to drive to Williston and Watford City. When the day came that her wonderful neighbors, Janice and Red Bruins, who did so much for her (mowing, shoveling even driving her to the doctor in Bismarck) told her that they were moving to Billings, she knew the time had come for her to leave Alexander. As independent as she was the time had come.

The Lord had a perfect place for Margaret at Bethel Terrace Apartments in Williston. She had to have a two bedroom, one for all of her sewing things.
Even though she had many physical challenges the three years she lived in her apartment, people there were so kind and helped with baked goods, even the loan of a tiny wheelchair which her niece could use to wheel her around the grocery store so that she could continue to do her own shopping. Clarene Vee from “Senior Companions” was also a great blessing.
We used to tease Margaret that the reason she outlived six younger siblings; Evelyn, Hazel, Marlan, Kendel, Maylan and Clarene is because she never had any children.

Margaret is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and is the last one in our family who is part of the “greatest generation” to leave this world. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander and had received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Margaret was looking forward to going to her eternal home in Heaven.

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Maeve at Bethel
Sep 2, 2019
Cheryl and Family - So sorry for the loss of your dear Aunt - another angel got her wings!
Link and Yvonne Thompson (St Petersburg,, Fl)
Sep 4, 2019
Margaret was a very special Aunt.. A sweet and gentle person. I remember she always brought a special dessert for the holiday gatherings..one I remember specifically was a ‘flaming baked Alaska’ I will miss her.. she also made me a crocheted pink dress when I was 6 years old.. I wore it once for a family reunion. Margaret then was going to shorten it as she said it was too long.. I never saw it again.. so in 2009, I was at Margaret’s and I asked her if she remembered that dress... She got up from her chair, went to her bedroom and brought out a bag.. and said, ‘Is this it? Much to my astonishment..it was the dress! I just recently had my Grand daughter put it on.. it fit!! What a treasure! Thank-you, Margaret!! That dress is over 60 years
Mary Nepstad (Washington, England)
Sep 7, 2019
I am sorry to have lost touch with Margaret since my husband Kendel passed away in 2011. Ken was very fond of his sister and talked to her often.
Paul Nepstad (Durham, England)
Sep 7, 2019
Great memories of visit with Aunt Margaret on my last visit to North Dakota some years ago
Kayla Laven (mahlen) (Kalispell, Montana)
Sep 14, 2019
It has been a very long time since I saw Great Aunt Margaret. She reminded me so much of Grandma Evelyn. I love hearing all the stories our dad (Bruce) shares with us. Heaven gained a treasured angel.
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