Lela Utter West Fargo, North Dakota Obituary

Lela Utter

<p style="text-align: justify;">Lela Eloise Utter, 79, Fargo, ND passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Lela Eloise Jameson was born on April 14, 1941 at McIntosh, SD to Elmer and Catherine (Gabel) Jameson.&nbsp; She grew up near Cogswell, ND, graduating in 1959.&nbsp; She married Gordon Hedlin on October 17, 1959.&nbsp; The couple had three children: Mervin, Quinten, and Pari and they lived in Des Plains, IL.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; She married Lynn Utter on June 29, 1973 and together they became the parents of Andrew and they resided in McIntosh, SD.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; In 1983, she graduated from Sitting Bull College with an Associate&rsquo;s Degree in Practical Nursing.&nbsp; From 1983-90, she worked for the Veterans Administration Medical System in South Dakota, and later transferred to Columbia Missouri.&nbsp; She returned to school and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO and became and RN.&nbsp; She retired from Civil Service in 1998 and moved to Stockton, MO.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Lynn passed away in December, 2002 and she spent time in other places including Minnesota, Idaho, and settled in Fargo, ND.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, canning, traveling, fishing, spending time with family, and was a second mom to many.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Lela is survived by her children, Quinten Hedlin, Pierre, SD, Pari (Robert) Burkhardt, Yelm, WA, Andrew (Lisa) Utter, Pine River, MN; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, David Jameson, Fargo, ND; a special son, Marcel Crespin, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; a son, Mervin Hedlin; five sisters and three brothers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<em><strong> In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no services will be held.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>West Funeral Home &amp; Life Tribute Center</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>westfuneralhome.com</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Family does not wish to receive flowers.</strong></p>
April 14, 1941 - May 22, 202004/14/194105/22/2020
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