Lola "Charlene" Power, also known as Queen Lena, 82, Crosby, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. Luke's Sunrise Care Center in Crosby.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Crosby, with Chaplin Myra Osvold officiating and Pastor Ron Dahle assisting. Burial will be following the service at Crosby City Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby, and also Saturday, one hour before the service, at the church.
Charlene was born July 14, 1931, in Brookings, S.D., the daughter of Charles and Lola (Allen) Melton. Her father passed away when she was five years old, just a day before her twin sisters, Arlyce and Ardys, were born. Charlene graduated from Brookings High School in 1949. During her senior year, she attended a dance at the Brookings Armory, and it was there that she met her soul mate, Charles Power. It was love at first sight for both of them! Charles and Charlene were united in marriage Nov. 3, 1949. They were married 64 years and together raised four children, Kim, Gay, Kevin, and Chuck, as well as a granddaughter, Laurie.
When she moved to Crosby, Charlene held odd jobs at J.C. Penney's, Joraanstad's Style Shop, and Cal Calton's Law Office. Her career began as hostess of the Charlene Power Hour, a news, music and talk show on KTGO Radio, Tioga. Scandinavian jokes were a popular part of her program and eventually the collection of jokes was put into her first book, "Uff-da." Following the success of "Uff-da," Charlene composed eight additional joke books. She was a familiar sight at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot and would appear as Queen Lena, just over from Norway, wearing her Jello mold crown and selling her joke books!
Charlene was an exceptionally talented and creative woman who had a variety of interests and hobbies. Her mother taught her to sew before she was tall enough to reach the sewing machine's foot pedal, and she found a passion for drawing and painting at an early age. She was also a Girl Scout leader and taught baton lessons. Her love of dolls was inherited from her mother and resulted in a collection that exceeded 300.
Charlene was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crosby. She adored crafting for months in preparation for the yearly bazaar as part of the Presbyterian Women's Guild. When the Presbyterian Church closed, she then joined Concordia Lutheran Church. Charlene served as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Red Hat Society, and Women of the Moose. She was very proud to be elected Outstanding Mrs. Jaycee of North Dakota at the 1965 State convention in Dickinson; and was instrumental in organizing the Crosby chapter of Mrs. Jaycee's.
Charlene was preceded in death by her father and mother Charles and Lola Melton, father and mother-in-law Newman and Alice Power, and great-grandchild Travis Power Dhuyvetter, infant son of Laurie Power.
She is survived by: her loving husband, Charles, Crosby; sisters, Arlyce Douglas, and Ardys Pike, both of Vermillion, S.D.; three sons, Kim (Barb) Power, of Ray, Kevin Power, Crosby, and Chuck (Shelley) Power, Noonan; and one daughter, Gay (Ken) Krebsbach, Crosby; her grandchildren, who could always count on her to attend hockey games, sew prom dresses, or decorate Valentine's boxes, Laurie Power, Fairbanks, Alaska, Brandy (Curt) Smallbrock, Sartell, Minn., Misty (Jason) Roberts, of Mayor, Minn., Kasey (Rachele) Krebsbach, Crosby, Jesse (Ashley) Krebsbach, Crosby, Ashley (Nick) Power, Columbus, Matt (Alicia) Power, Raleigh, N.C., Brice Power, Morenci, Ariz., Amber (Dane) Dhuyvetter, Minneapolis, Alex (Alexandra) Power, Williston, Alecia Power, Bottineau, Devin Power, Crosby; 18 great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and "just like" family members too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby in charge of arrangements.