Mary (Marit) Christensen Kirkwold (Kirkevold) Obituary (including all typographical errors), reported in The Glenwood Herald, October 6, 1927

Mrs. Mary Kirkwold

On Monday, September 26, another of our old pioneers passed away when Mrs. Mary Kirkwold died at her home on the B. O. Smedstad farm. The cause of her death was cancer, from which she suffered for some time, although she was in bed only four days at the last.

Mrs. Kirkwold was born in January 3, 1843 in Valdris, Norway, and came to America with her parents when four years old. They settled in Winneshiek County, Iowa, where the subject of this sketch grew to womanhood. At Big Canoe, Iowa, in August 1865, she was married to Thrond O. Kirkwold, and shortly afterwards they moved to Fillmore county, Minnesota where they farmed for about thirty-five years. In 1903 they came to Pope County and took up their residence on the farm where they continued to live until the time of their death, her husband having preceded her to the Great Beyond twelve years ago on the tenth of September. Ten children were born to them, eight of whom are living. They are Oliver T. Kirkwold, Kootenai, Idaho; Thomas T. Kirkwold, Veronia, Oregon; Mrs. Anton Dahl, Reeder, North Dakota; Christ T. Kirkwold and Oscar T. Kirkwold of Glenwood; Henry T. Kirkwold, Mrs. B. O. Smedstad and Gustav T. Kirkwold of Starbuck. One daughter, Mary and a son, Theodore, had preceded her in death. Besides she leaves thirty-three grand children and seven great grandchildren.

Deceased was a good and kind wife and mother, a true Christian woman. She was a member of the Indherred church and was always interested in that which was good and enjoyed having her pastor come in and read to her.

Funeral services were held at the home and at the Indherred church Rev. G. O. Forde officiating. Before the sermon, Noel Johnson sang "I Come To Thee," and after the sermon Miss Selma Raanum sang "Bedre Kan Jeg Ikke Fare." Interment was made at the Indherred cemetery. The honorary pallbearers were T. O. Lee, John Dyrstad, E. Arneson, A. Bardahl, Osmund Aslakson and Peter Einarson. The active pallbearers were all grandsons of the deceased, Luther, Clayton, Elmer, Maxwell and Theodore Kirkwold and Raymond Smedstad. There were many beautiful flowers and forty-five dollars in money was given to the missions in her memory.--Starbuck Corr.

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