Phyllis Birdsall

Dec. 4, 1938 – Nov. 6, 2018

Phyllis Birdsall, 79,

Berthold, died Tuesday,

November 6, 2018 in a

Minot hospital.

Phyllis was born De-

cember 4, 1938, in Minot,

ND to Lewis and Wilma

(Dunn) Mann. She spent

her youth and attended

school in Lonetree, ND

until moving with her

family to Mandan Town-

ship of Ward County near

Berthold. Phyllis was a

graduate of Berthold High

School in 1956. She at-

tended Minot State


Phyllis was united in

marriage to Ralph Birdsall

on August 18, 1957 in

Lonetree. They called a

farm in Passport Town-

ship home for the next 57

years. Together they

operated a family farm

that raised cattle, pro-

duced small grains and

saw the blessing of four

children. They moved

from the farm into Bert-

hold in 2014.

Phyllis was a member

of Berthold Baptist

Church and was active in

church circle in addition

to serving as the church

pianist in Lonetree and

Berthold from 1951 –

2013. She loved to sing

duets with her sister

Carole and also assisted

with youth fellowship at

the church for many

years. She enjoyed her

membership to the Bert-

hold Senior Citizens,

where she loved to play

cards and share in fellow-ship. One of their biggest

enjoyments was support-

ing their grandchildren

and all Bomber activities

from their seats in the

stands. Phyllis and Ralph

looked forward to spend-

ing time in Arizona over

the winter months. She

enjoyed traveling, doing

crossword puzzles and

blessed many family and

friends with her baking

and cooking. Phyllis was a

staple of feeding everyone

who helped on the farm,

traveling many times out

to the fields to bring them

a home cooked meal. She

will be deeply missed by

all who were blessed to

share in her life.

Phyllis is survived by

her loving husband of 61

years, Ralph, Minot; chil-

dren, Debbie (Jack) Han-

sen, Berthold, Mark (Col-

leen) Birdsall, Berthold,

Leanne (Jim) Peterson,

Berthold and Craig

(DeAnn) Birdsall, Carpio,

ND; grandchildren, Jory

(Missy) Hansen, Cody

(Brittany) Hansen, Whit-

ney (Sam) Landman,

Danae (Blake) Inman,

Kyle Peterson, Abbey

(Derek) Lee, Tyler Bird-

sall, Adam Birdsall, Ra-

chel Birdsall (fiance

Adam Knudsvig) and Sara


great-grandchildren, Mol-

ly, Cally, Brody, Brycen,

and Colten Hansen,

Owen, Emma and Au-

tumn Inman; sister,

Carole Luetzen, Sheridan,

WY and numerous nieces

and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in

death by her parents,

grandson, Matthew Bird-

sall, great-grandchildren,

Hayden and Kade Hansen

and brother, Gordon


Funeral service: 10:30

a.m. Saturday, November

10, 2018 at the Berthold

Baptist Church, Berthold,


Public Prayer Service:

7:00 p.m. Friday, No-

vember 9, 2018 at the

Berthold Baptist Church,

Berthold, ND.

Interment: Wildrose

Cemetery, Berthold, ND.

Visitation will be held

on Friday, November 9,

2018, from 1:00 p.m. to

4:00 p.m. at the Thomas

Family Funeral Home,

Minot and from 6:00 p.m.

until 7:00 p.m. at the

church in Berthold.

In lieu of flowers and

plants, memorials are pre-

ferred to the Berthold

Baptist Church.

Memorials are preferred

the expression of sym-

pathy section at