October 3, 2012

Hattie Haugan

Funeral services for Hattie Haugan, 95, of Watford City, N.D., were Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Assembly of God Church in Watford City with Pastor Sheldon McGorman officiating. Musical selections were provided by Colene Ninneman and Pamela Haugan. Casketbearers were her grandsons, Carman Lynner, Clif Lynner, Chad Arnold, Mike Arnold, Enoch John, Syvert Haugan, and Jordan Haugan. Honorary casketbearers were her grandsons, Philip Lynner, Mark Lynner, Christopher Lynner, Timothy Shamala, and Olaf Haugan. Ushers were Alex Alvarez and Steve Arnold. Interment was held at the Banks Cemetery, Banks, N.D. On Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, Hattie Annie Haugan, left this earth for her heavenly home surrounded by family who loved and adored her.
Hattie was born on Sept. 12, 1917, in Redfield, S.D., to John and Martha Tiegs. Hattie was born the third of 11 children and often talked about how wonderful it was to have been part of a large family.
From a very early childhood, education was very important to Hattie. Her early conception of school was that she needed to learn to read before she went to school, and convinced her older siblings to teach her how to read. After graduating from Williams High School as Salutatorian, she went to Dickinson State Teachers College and earned her Standard Certificate in 1945. Hattie went to Minot State College and received her BS degree with majors in English and Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies. Hattie taught in Washington State, Montana, and country schools in McKenzie County.
Hattie had an unshakeable faith and love for the Lord and prayed daily for her family and friends. Her prayer was that all should come to know the love of the Christ she and her late husband, Olaf, knew. She tried to instill this in the children she taught in Sunday School.
Hattie was always interested in community events and attended many of these with her sisters and family who lived nearby. While her children were young and involved in 4-H, she took on the duty of 4-H leader.
A blizzard could not hinder the wedding day on Dec. 22, 1945, when Hattie was united in marriage to her best friend, Olaf Haugan. During their married life on the Haugan homestead, they were busy with farming, logging and a lumber business, mining coal, and raising five children. After 31years of wedded life, in 1976, Hattie bid a temporary farewell to Olaf who passed on to his reward.
Hattie wanted life to be enjoyable for her children and any others who happened to be at the farm. There were often softball games, skating parties, homemade ice cream, camping, boating and keeping the three cookie jars full. Thanks to Hattie, life was never dull for her family.
Hattie’s family will remember her as a precious jewel. She will be greatly missed by her five children, June Lynner, of Watford City, N.D., Esther (Samuel) John, Mysore, India, Calvin (Pamela) Haugan, of Watford City, N.D., Christine (Steve) Arnold, of Park City, Mont., Carman (Naomi) Haugan, of Tempe, Ariz.; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Delores Denzine, of Warner Robins, Ga., Elaine Mead, of Grassy Butte, N.D. and Alva Larson, of San Diego, Calif., as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Hattie was preceded in death by her husband Olaf; siblings Lyle, Earl, Everett, Vernon, Mildred Alton, Lorna Stanford and Lula Kummer; son-in-law, Clifford Lynner and great- grandson, Samuel Lee Bierman.
Hattie’s memory will linger on in the hearts and minds of family and friends both here and far.