Gracie Rose Johnsrud

May 12, 2001-July 25, 2021

Gracie Rose Johnsrud,

20, the bright shining

light to all who knew her,

passed away on Sunday,

July 25, 2021.

Gracie Rose, a beautiful

baby girl, was born May

12, 2001, in Dickinson,

ND, the first-born of Jus-

tin and Nikki Johnsrud. It

was clear from the start

that Gracie was a force to

be reckoned with – a very

long labor for mom was

her plan. We all learned

quickly that Gracie did

things on her own time.

Gracie thoroughly enjoyed

the status of only child as

her family later moved to

Pierre, SD, and then

Minot, ND. Gracie was

quite jealous when little

brother Judd Allen joined

the family in 2005 and

didn’t quite know what to

think of the little redhead.

Gracie’s love for her

brother was demonstrated

frequently through hugs

that nearly took his head

off or bending back his

fingers, and was even

known to lovingly drag

him from the furniture.

Gracie and Judd became

fierce friends later in their

growing-up years and Gra-

cie was so proud of her

baby brother and made

sure that everyone knew


Gracie graduated from

Watford City High School

in 2019. Her senior year

was filled with memories

in every moment whether

it be spirit days during

homecoming, student

council events, or volley-

ball and football games.

On the court or on the

sidelines she was the big-

gest cheerleader there

could be and her friends

said she was the team’s

true MVP and the glue

that held the team togeth-er.

After graduation Gracie

selected Black Hills State

University in Spearfish,

SD as her home away

from home. Gracie was

ambitious and was a dou-

ble major in elementary

and special education and

just finished her sopho-

more year. She loved

BHSU and there contin-

ued to change the lives of

those around her and was

excited for all her planned


Gracie’s family and

faith played an integral

role in her life and she

cherished every moment

spent with them all as

often as she could. Gracie,

in her own words, was

busy living her best life.

Gracie lived her life with

the phrase “there’s grace

for that” at the forefront

so much she had it tat-

tooed as a constant rem-

inder of God’s grace. Gra-

cie had a giving heart and

helped anyone in need.

She was her faith and

gave of herself uncondi-

tionally as if it were the

most natural thing in the

world. Those of us who

knew her saw this over

and over and sat in awe of

this special young wom-


Gracie is survived by:

her best friends and

parents Justin and Nikki,

her brother Judd;

grandparents Peggy Hel-

landsaas, Jeff and Ann

Johnsrud, Dean and Can-

dy Mott:


Dorothy Mott and Sandra

Schell; Auntie Erica (Un-

cle Chas “Chazzy” Neff)

Johnsrud; Uncle Derek

(Auntie Lacey) Mott; Un-

cle Bret (Auntie Lacey)

Johnsrud; Auntie Kari

(Uncle Rex) Korslien;

Auntie Jade (Uncle Levi)

DeMorett; cousins Rowdy

and Brindle Mott, Carter

James Julius, Courtney,

and Callie Johnsrud, KC,

Kash, and Kenley

Korslien, Chloe and Tyn-

lee Fahrman and Brax

DeMorrett; goddaughter

Wynnie Langerud;

numerous aunts, uncles,

and cousins that she

loved so much; and the

hundreds of people she

called friends.

She was preceded in

death by: her grandfather

Scott Hellandsaas;

great-grandparents Bill

and Millie Faulkner,

George Mott, Alvin and

Cecilia Johnsrud, and Olaf

and Alfa Leiseth.

A visitation will be held

Thursday, July 29, 2021

from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at

Fulkerson Stevenson Fun-

eral Home 305 4th Ave

NE Watford City. A Cele-

bration of Gracie’s Life

will be held Friday, July

30, 2021 at 11:00 am at

the Rough Rider Center

2209 Wolves Den Park-

way, Watford City.

Arrangements are under

the direction of Fulkerson

Stevenson Funeral Home

Watford City.

In lieu of flowers the

family wishes you to

make a donation in

Gracie’s name. A memori-al fund has been set up at

First International Bank &

Trust for Gracie, Gracie

Johnsrud Memorial.