Sharian Turnquist, 75, of Watford City, N.D., passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2019, surrounded by family at her home after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
Sharian Noreen was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Williston, N.D., the youngest daughter of Elvin and Marietta (McLucas) Johnson. She was raised on the family ranch in McKenzie County. She attended school at the Foreman Country School and Fairview High School up to her sophomore year. She returned home and started working on the ranch with her dad until June 16, 1962. “Dad it’s 2 p.m. and I’m done working and going to get married.” Eugene Turnquist of Arnegard, N.D., drove to the ranch and picked her up with a smile on her face and her own homemade wedding dress in hand. They made their way to Sidney, Mont., to meet up with Norman and MaryAnn Johnson at the church to get them hitched. Well it happened that they did not have a Montana marriage license, so Norman and MaryAnn drove them back to Alexander, N.D., where a wedding was just finishing. They convinced the pastor to marry them and had the extra bonus of having free flowers and a photographer.
Sharian and Eugene made their home on a ranch in the Red Wing area of Arnegard, N.D. Sharian enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, gardening, breaking horses, raising bum lambs, pigs, chickens, milking cows. Sharian was active in 4-H, Homemakers, and a Red Hat group. In 1978, the family moved to Watford City, N.D., and Sharian continued working for the Good Shepherd Home as a dietician/cook and later on with McKenzie County Hospital.
Sharian enjoyed traveling to many activities involving her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her lake home and her home in Arizona as she would make the comment, “I’m a Lady of many homes,” but she will be most remembered by “Lady of the Lake.”
She is survived by her husband, Eugene of 57 years; son, Andy (Brenda) of Gillette, Wyo., children, Derek and Haylee (Josh); daughter, Teresa (Dale) Stevens of Great Falls, Mont., children, Lindsey, Leah (Yuri), Samantha, Randy; daughter, Kay (Gary) Larson of Tioga, N.D., children, Jordan (Austin), Katie (Chance), Tyler; daughter, Renae (Robby) Lindley of Watford City, N.D., children, Ricki, ReiAnn, Rylee; great-grandchildren, MaKenzie, Wyatt, Cayden, Sophia, Quin, Harper, Milo, Beckett, Autumn, and two more on the way (baby Holte, baby Lindley); her brother, Eldin (Marilyn); sister-in-law, Arlene; sister, Gail (Duane); sister-in-law, Faye (Bobby); many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friend YOGI.
Sharian was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin and Marietta; one brother, Mervin; father and mother-in-law Carl and Gertie; two brothers-in-law Dwayne and Gerald; and one sister-in-law Cleone.
A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Rough Rider Center in the Gold-Silver Room in Watford City, N.D. under the care of Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made in Sharian’s name to:
Sanford Infusion Center
2615 Fairway St.
Dickinson, ND 58601