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Elaine M. Rygg

May 27, 1926 — December 6, 2015

Elaine Margaret (Lien) Rygg, 89, of Mayville, ND, died on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, ND. Elaine (Lien) Rygg was born on May 27, 1926 in Portland, North Dakota. She was the daughter of the late Erling and Della (Hovland) Lien. Elaine graduated from Portland High School in 1944 and was Salutatorian of her class. After high school she attended secretarial school at Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND. Elaine married Donald Rygg on June 12, 1947 in the Aurdal Lutheran Church of Portland, ND. She was employed at Union Hospital, Mayville State College, Don's Antique Furniture Stripping as well as a full time mother and farmer's wife. Her favorite hobby was making quilts which were given to Aurdal Lutheran Church. She traveled to Norway to visit friends, family, and research family history. For many years, she traveled by motor home to spend the winter months in Arizona. Elaine is survived by her husband: Donald; four children: Richard (Janna) Rygg of Mayville, ND, Debbie (Gerry) Swift of Mayville, ND, John Rygg of West Fargo, ND and Becky (Jann) Contento, Scottsdale, AZ; 9 grandchildren: Nicholas Rygg, Carolyn Rygg, Danny Swift, Matthew Swift, Kristen Swift, Jarid Rygg, Jodie (Rygg) Richards, Amanda Swift, Samantha Swift; 6 great-grandchildren: Camden Swift, Kellen Swift, Jada Swift, Jaxon Swift, Kayden Richards, and Kira Richards. She leaves behind one sister and a brother, Judell (Lien) Aarestad of Hillsboro, OR and Earle (Shelby) Lien of Fargo, ND; 8 nieces and 7 nephews. She will be remembered for her willingness to always help in time of need, generosity, kindness, and her warm friendly smile. Visitation: Will be 5- 7 PM with a 7 PM Public Prayer Service on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Mayville and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 2:00 PM Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Aurdal Lutheran Church in Portland, ND. Burial: Will be at the Aurdal Cemetery in Portland, ND.
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