Edna Narum

Oct. 1, 1936-Aug. 9, 2019

Edna Mae (Bitner)

Narum, 82, passed away

August 9, 2019 with her

family by her side at CHI

St. Alexius Hospital in

Bismarck, ND.

Services will be held at

1:00 pm Wednesday, Au-

gust 14, at Good Shepherd

Lutheran Church, 106

Osage Ave., Bismarck,

with Pastor Julie Ander-

son officiating.

Burial will be at 3:00

pm Wednesday at the

North Dakota Veterans

Cemetery, Mandan.

Visitation will be held

from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 13, at

Parkway Funeral Service,

2330 Tyler Parkway,

Bismarck. A prayer ser-

vice will begin at 7:00 pm.

Edna was born on Oc-

tober 1, 1936. She was

raised and attended

school in Wilton, ND. As

a young child she was

very shy and stayed very

close to her mother’s side

most of the time. She at-

tended high school in

Riverdale, ND where she

was the Homecoming

Queen and graduated in

1954. After graduation she

became employed by the

US Army Corps of En-


Edna met Gailen Narum

in the summer of 1956,

her husband of 61 years,

while working for the US

Army Corps of Engineers.

Edna was in the purchas-

ing department and

Gailen was an Engineer-

ing student working three

summers on the Garrison

Damn Project. They mar-

ried June 15, 1958 and

had four children, Sherrie

Gail, Scott William,

Richard Dean and Julie


Edna was a military

wife, she and Gailen lived

in Anchorage, AK; Laram-

ie, WY; Plattsburg, NY.

They also lived in many

other places during their

marriage. Edna enjoyed

playing bridge and work-

ing with Ladies Aid

groups. Her hobbies in-

cluded knitting, crochet-

ing, sewing, reading, bak-

ing and canning. While

living in Anchorage, AK,

she experienced, “The

Great Alaskan Earthquake

of 1964.”

Edna is survived by:

her husband, Gailen; son,

Richard (Annie);

daughter, Julie Narum;

daughter-in-law, Kathy

Narum; sister, Janice

(Richard) Berger; and

sister-in-law, Irma Bitner.

She is also survived by

her grandchildren, Nicole

(Tom) Helfrich, Breanna

and Tela Narum, Bryton

and Brock Harman; her

great-granddaughter, Lily

Helfrich; and many nieces

and nephews.

Edna was preceded in

death by: her infant

daughter, Sherrie Gail and

her son Scott William; her

parents, William and Hil-

dur (Stenquist) Bitner;

and her brother Bob


The family would like

to thank everyone for all

the love and support

they’ve received during

this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be given

to the ND Veterans

Cemetery, 1825 46th St.,

Mandan, ND, 58554.

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