Mavis Sandstrom, 81, Minot, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Mavis Eleanor Atherton was born April 9, 1932, the daughter of Frank and Anna (Evenstad) Atherton, on the family farm near Dunseith. Mavis attended Willow Lake Elementary School and Dunseith High School. She was baptized and confirmed at Rendahl Church.
She was once married to Lowell Rasmusson and once married to Robert Savig. Both have since passed away.
She worked as a waitress for a number of years. She also worked for the San Haven State Hospital for several years. For the past 20 years, she worked at Trinity Nursing Home, ManorCare Health Services, and Edgewood Vista, in nursing and activities.
In 2001, Mavis married Robert G. "Bud" Sandstrom, whom she had known for years. They made their home in Minot. Together, they went on several bus trips, which they enjoyed a lot. Robert passed away Feb. 7, 2013.
Mavis always enjoyed music. Her parents bought an upright piano when she was about nine years old. Mavis and her sisters were constantly banging away on the piano. They never took lessons but had the ability to play by ear. Mavis' mother though, learned to play by notes and played for the church. Mavis played piano at Gordon's Sing Along Piano Bar for several years, along with playing for various bands, most recently with Judy's Fun Time Band, playing at nursing homes and at various senior activities.
She also was an avid reader, loved classic movies, trips to the casino, and cooking big meals for her family and friends.
She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and sadly missed her eldest daughter, Gayle, who passed away in 2006 from cancer.
She was a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot.
Surviving family includes: daughter, Lisa Rasmusson, Minot; sons, Mark Rasmusson, Minot, and David Rasmusson, Minot; 10 grandchildren, Chelsey Hoffner, Amber Hoffner, Heather T., Mike Bensen, J.D. Real, Cicely Hodges, Robin Werre, Daniel Werre, and Jason Werre; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Alice (Ted) Selfors, Minot; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mavis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Sandstrom; an infant son; infant daughter, Kathy Rasmusson; daughter, Gayle Were; sisters; Mildred Langehaug and Norma Wilson; and brother, Francis Atherton.
Funeral: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Thursday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
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