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Alvina Greenfield

July 30, 1921-Oct. 27, 2013

November 1, 2013
Minot Daily News

Alvina Marie (Souther) Greenfield, 92, of rural Lignite, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, after a brief stay in the Tioga Medical Center Long Term Care. Her funeral service is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Lignite. Burial will be at Bethany Cemetery, Lignite. Visitation will be Monday, from 10 a.m. to service time, at the church.

Alvina, the youngest of four siblings, was born July 30, 1921, to Horatio and Remina (Boen) Souther in Sec. 4, Twp. 6, near Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada. The family immigrated to North Dakota when she was 2, living in the rural Powers Lake area. She was a 'hired girl' at neighboring farms as young as 13 years old. Alvina graduated from Lignite High School in 1938.

She married Elmer Volberg in 1939 and they had two children, a daughter, Larena, and son, Jerome. During World War II she was a single mother while Elmer served in the Army overseas. She began teaching in rural schools in North Dakota at that time. Her sister, Helen, was the child care provider during those years. That marriage ended. She attended Minot State Teachers College and became a certified rural teacher for the state of North Dakota. During her 10-year teaching career, she taught in five different rural school districts. She became a U.S. citizen in 1945.

She married Ralph Greenfield on April 2, 1951. Ralph had to travel through blocked roads after a snowstorm to get his future bride from the rural school so they could get married in Minot. Ralph was deployed in the Army to Korea. Alvina continued teaching until Ralph's return in 1953, when they began farming. After renting for seven years, they bought and built up a ranching operation 9 miles south of Lignite in Foothills Township.

Alvina was active as a 4-H leader, member of Homemakers, VFW, Foothills Township clerk/treasurer for a number of years and a substitute teacher. With the additions of daughter Peggy, and sons Randall, Michael, and Allan, she was very busy. They had dairy cows during those years, so there was always work to do. She was an excellent cook, gardener and seamstress. Alvina was an avid canner and always had her shelves full of vegetables. Her 4-H students learned to sew correctly or she would have them tear it apart and start all over. Her children and grandchildren came to her many times for clothing, jean repairs or alterations. She enjoyed dancing, card playing, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and traveling, and she especially enjoyed reading.

Alvina was a master of organization. Even during her last weeks she would know exactly where she had items filed. She managed the finances and bookkeeping for their farming and ranching operation through the years with expertise and accuracy.

She is survived and loved by: her husband, Ralph, Powers Lake, her spouse of 62 years; daughters, Larena (Leon) McGinnity, McGregor, and Peggy (Ron) Monette, Pembina; sons, Randall (Kathy) Greenfield, Columbia, Md., Michael (Vicki) Greenfield, Powers Lake, and Allan (Patricia) Greenfield, Williston; grandchildren, Monte (Pam) Olson, Mitchell Olson, Melissa (Jeff) Philipp, Mel (Dawn) Olson, Tonya (Brandon) Morse, Terra Hill, Jay (Jessica) Monette, Jeri Monette, Rhett Greenfield, Remina Greenfield, Dayle (Ryan) Enget, Ryan (Suzette) Greenfield, Jared (Dani) Greenfield, Chelsey ( Paul) Viets, Chaze (Ashley Nordin) Greenfield, Chantz Greenfield; 28 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Dorothy Souther; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wallace (Mada) Greenfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerome Volberg; parents, Horatio and Remina; sister, Helen Volberg; and brothers, Orville Souther and Chester Souther.

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