Myrtle A. Sailors, 91, of Fargo, N.D., formerly of Devils Lake, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Sanford Health South, Fargo.

Myrtle A. Sailors, 91, of Fargo, N.D.,  formerly of Devils Lake, N.D., passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at Sanford Health South, Fargo.

Funeral services for Myrtle will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake on Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating. Graveside Services will be held at the Folden Cemetery in Newfolden, Minn. on Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Myrtle Alma, daughter of Andreas and Johanna (Stromsmoe) Hanson was born on April 9, 1921 in Holt, Minn. Myrtle was reared and educated in Newfolden,  graduating from Newfolden High School in 1939.

Myrtle was united in marriage to Marlin Z. Sailors on April 18, 1944 in Seattle, Wash., where Marlin was stationed with the US Navy. After his discharge, they moved to Cavalier, N.D., where they owned and operated the City Shoe Shop for ten years. In the summer of 1960, they moved the business to Devils Lake and continued operation of the business until 1986, when he retired. Marlin passed away on December 5, 1987. Myrtle continued to make Devils Lake her home until moving to Fargo in 2010 to be closer to family.

Myrtle was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and the WELCA. She also enjoyed membership in the Sons of Norway and the Rebekah’s. She enjoyed working on genealogy, reading, gardening, as well as scrap booking.

Myrtle was a devoted wife and mother, caring for her family was her number one priority. Faith and family sustained her through the years; she always had a smile and greeting to everyone she met.

Myrtle is survived by her daughters Gail Ziegler of Valley City, N.D., Carol Frison of Stockton, Calif., Marsha (Don) Kringstad of West Fargo, N.D., Debra (Conrad) Freeman of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Amy (Ken) McDowell of Monroe, Wash., 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin; infant daughter, Sherry Lynn; parents; sister, Bertha Folden; and brother, Harold Hanson.

We would like to express our appreciation to Bethany on University (Willow Lane) and the Palliative Care Unit at Sanford South for the wonderful care they provided for her.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Myrtle at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.