Holly Geneva (Dahl) Washburn

Aug. 31, 1950-Nov. 26, 2017

Holly Geneva (Dahl)

Washburn, aged 67, died

peacefully in her sleep at

her home in rural Watford

City, ND, on Sunday, No-

vember 26, 2017. Her

funeral arrangements are

with Fulkerson Stevenson

Funeral Home of Watford

City. Friend may sign the

on-line register and give

their condolences at


Her service will be held

at: 11:00 AM on Friday,

December 1, 2017, at First

Lutheran Church in Wat-

ford City, ND. Pastor Rob

Favorite and Pastor Mark

Honstein will co-officiate

the service. Burial: will

be in the Schafer

Cemetery, Watford City,

ND. A family service will

be held: at 6:00 PM,

Thursday, November 30,

2017 at the Fulkerson

Stevenson Funeral Home

Chapel, Watford City, ND.

Friends may call at the

Fulkerson Stevenson Fun-

eral Home in Watford

City, Thursday from 12:00

until 6:00 PM and at the

church one hour prior to

the service.

Holly Geneva (Dahl)

Washburn was born on

August 31, 1950 in Willis-

ton, North Dakota, the

youngest child of Norman

and Mildred (Wold) Dahl.

The family made their

home in Watford City

where she attended

school through grade 12,

graduating in 1968 from

WCHS. Later she graduat-

ed from Moorhead State

University with a degree

in education.

As a young lady she en-

joyed helping out on the

farm and developed a fas-

cination for horses. This

led to her competing in

Rodeo for several years.

Holly started her teaching

career in Montana and fol-

lowed that with 24 years

in Medora, North Dakota.

While in Medora, she

started a bumper car busi-

ness which occupied her

time between school

years. She was also active

in civic affairs.

Holly returned to her

home town of Watford

City and taught for two

more years and then in

Mandaree for one year.

As a retiree, she enjoyed

golfing and bowling, was

active in bell Choir,

Church Choir, and was

hooked on gardening.

In 2006 Holly met a

man who shared her love

of gardening and it would

lead to her marriage to

Dale Washburn on De-

cember 26, 2007, which

was also her parent’s an-

niversary. They initially

made their home in Wat-

ford City and later moved

to the farm in a new

home. Rumor has it they

supplied vegetables and

canned goods to their

families and half of

McKenzie County. Their

farm was also home to

dogs, cats, horses and

Black Angus cattle.

The only time there was

a divided household it re-

volved around their loyal-

ties to their favorite NFL

teams. Holly was a life-

long Vikings fan and Dale

was a Packer backer.

When those two teams

met it provided for an in-

teresting household. One

of their favorite trips was

to Green Bay to see Brett

Favre return in a Viking

uniform. Once again, Hol-

ly won out.

In her later years, she

was very proud of the fact

that in getting married she

also became a mother and

grandmother. Her gen-

erous spirit, caring atti-

tude and sense of humor

were enjoyed by her new

family in the same way

she had affected people

her entire life. At the

same time she could be

tough when it was war-


Holly is survived by:

her husband, Dale; sister,

Myrna of Bismarck, ND;

brother, Curtis of Het-

tinger, ND and his family.

Also, her nephews, Nor-

man (Amy) Dahl of Man-

dan, ND and Chuck Dahl

of Bismarck, ND and their

families. Brett Washburn

of Alpharetta, GA and

Heather Washburn of

Portland, OR are her legal-

ly adopted children.

Three Washburn

grandchildren also sur-

vive her.

Holly is also survived

by sister-in-law Denise

Grantier and

brother-in-law Chris (Mar-

cia) Washburn, aunt Nyla

Dahl and numerous

cousins, nieces and


Holly was preceded in

death by: her parents,

Norman and Mildred Dahl

and in-laws, Lyle and

Anne Washburn.