Carolyn Perdue

July 14, 1944-Feb. 6, 2020

Carolyn Perdue, 75,

passed into eternal life on

February 6, 2020 at St.

Vincent’s Care Center in

Bismarck, ND with her

family by her side. Her

death followed a long,

hard-fought battle with

pancreatic and liver canc-

er, exceeding her initial

prognosis by more than

six months.

Her Mass of Christian

Burial will be celebrated

on Wednesday, February

12 at 10:00 a.m. at St.

Michael’s Catholic Church

in Ray, ND. Interment will

be at Highland Cemetery

in Ray immediately fol-

lowing the funeral.

An Evening Vigil with

Rosary, followed by a

time of sharing, will be

held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday,

February 11 at St.

Michael’s Church in Ray.

All are invited to attend.

Friends may call at the

Fulkerson Stevenson Fun-

eral Home in Williston on

Tuesday from 9:00 AM

until 4:30 PM and at the

church on hour prior to

the Vigil on Tuesday and

one hour prior to the

Mass on Wednesday.

Carolyn Fay (Daniel)

Perdue was born July 14,

1944 to Roman and Ardell

(Nyberg) Daniel in Willis-

ton, ND. She was raised

on the family farm located

three and a half miles

west of Ray, ND. She

went to Eden Country

School until the eighth

grade and then attended

Ray High School and gra-

duated in 1962. Carolyn

had a passion for helping

others. After graduation

she enrolled in St. Joseph

Nursing School in Dickin-

son, ND and obtained her

LPN license. She was

once married to Art Per-

due and together they had

three children, Steven, Ju-

lie, and Michelle.

During Carolyn’s life-

time she worked as a hos-

pital nurse but took a

break from her profession

to raise her children. The

family moved to Velva,

ND, where she quickly be-

came involved in every-

thing her kids were, mak-

ing countless trips to and

from town to watch sport-

ing events, to volunteer

her time at the school and

church, and to offer her

help in whatever way she

could. She was also an ex-

cellent seamstress, and in

her children’s teenage

years, she opened her

own fabric store, “The Pin

Cushion,” in Velva, ND.

She loved to help people

with their projects and

took great care in finding

just the right patterns and

fabrics for them to work

with. This, too, turned

into her way of serving

others. Years later, she

renewed her nursing

license and continued her

career at local clinics and

Public Health.

Carolyn loved growing

up on the family farm,

and because of this, she

also became involved in

4-H throughout her life.

She was a member of 4-H

when she was a child,

helped her own children

take part in 4-H, was a

judge at the county fairs,

and later helped her

grandchildren with their

many projects. Carolyn

was extremely active in

her children’s and

grandchildren’s lives, log-

ging many miles as she at-

tended any event they

participated in, always

with her camera in tote.

In her later years, quilting

became her passion. She

vigorously sought out any

little town that had a quilt

shop, and she was known

by many shop owners in

North Dakota and Min-


Carolyn’s family and

her faith were always

most important to her.

Her favorite moments

were when her home was

crowded with her chil-

dren and grandchildren,

whether for holidays or

just because. She had a

very personal relationship

with Jesus and confided

in Him always. She often

said, “When I get to

heaven, I’m going to ask

him!” Her family takes

great joy in knowing that

she is now talking Jesus’

ear off! She believed in

God’s providence, espe-

cially, and she often rem-

inded those she loved that

the Lord had big plans for

their lives. She knew dee-

ply that He was in charge,

and her trust in His care

gifted so many she knew

and encountered. She will

be dearly missed!

She was preceded in

death by: her mother and

father, sister Darlene Dev-

lin, and brother-in-law

Daniel Devlin Sr. and

numerous aunts and un-


Carolyn is survived by:

her children: Steven and

his wife Bernadette (Ray,

ND), Julie Lysne and her

husband Brent (Williston,

ND), and Michelle Oswald

(Frazee, MN); her

grandchildren: Megan

(Brock) Awalt, Matthew

Perdue, Kendra Perdue,

Kelsey Perdue, Brady

(fiancÈe, Megan Kinsella)

Lysne, Emily Lysne,

Jocelyn Lysne, Hailee

Oswald, Madison Oswald,

and Paige Oswald; one

great-granddaughter, Kirie

Awalt; one sister, Beverly

(Irv) Aslakson; numerous

nieces, nephews, cousins,

and friends; and her

beloved cat, Tigger.