Eloise Clarissa Rist, 98, longtime Velva resident, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in a Velva care center, with her loving family by her side.
Eloise was born Oct. 25, 1913, in New Richland, Minn., to Harry and Agnes (Johnson) Christenson. She was reared and educated in Velva and graduated from Velva High School in 1931. As a young adult she was employed at the Truax-Traer Mine office as the office secretary until 1939.
Eloise married James Rist Jr. on Oct. 16, 1939, in Sidney, Mont. They made their home in Velva prior to moving to Livermore, Calif., while her husband served in the Navy. The family lived in Minneapolis and in Manhattan, Kan., prior to James' death in 1954. Eloise and her children returned to Velva in 1954 where she was employed as the bookkeeper at Star City Motors for 25 years until she retired in 1986.
Eloise was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva where she was active as a Sunday school teacher, Luther League adviser and was a member of the ladies organization. She was a former member of the Velva Senior Citizens. She especially enjoyed visiting residents at the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.
Eloise's loving family includes: her children, Jim (Norma Jean) Rist, of Velva, and Robert (Coleen) Rist, of Minot; former daughter-in-law, Jan Hemmisch, of Bismarck; grandchildren, Donna (Ward) Knutson, Paula (Mark) Bearman, Jason (Kari) Rist, Sara (Ryan) Klein, Robert Rist, Kristi (Dave) Jensen and Cory Rist; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Karli Knutson, Calli and Brent Bearman, Caleb, MacKenzie, Logan and Mason Rist, Crew Klein, Drew, Kiara and Klarissa Jensen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eloise was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; sister, Vida Mae Christenson; and brother and sister-in-law, Vergil and Gloria Christenson.
Celebration of the Life of Eloise Rist: Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m., in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment will be prior to the service in the Velva Community Cemetery.
Visitation: Wednesday, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Family Service: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Memorials are preferred to the Souris Valley Care Center or Oak Valley Sunday School.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).