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Sonia Lee, 79, of Hatton, passed away the evening of July 26, 2012 in the comfort of her own home, ending her struggle with congestive heart failure and COPD. A memorial service, celebration of life will be held Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 2:00pm at Little Forks Church in rural Hatton. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of the service.
Sonia Joann (Jacobson) Lee was born in Northwood, ND on Valentine's Day 1933 to Talle and Tillie Jacobson of Kempton, ND. She attended school in both Kempton and Northwood. In April 1950, she married Ardell Thingelstad. She raised four children in Northwood while working as an independent painter and housekeeper. In June 1978, she married F. Robert Lee and together they lived on the Lee farm in rural Hatton, and created the "world famous" Rockin R Ranch; a true treasure to many. She was an active member of Little Forks Church and became a local favorite for her âAunt Sally Cookies' and her donuts. She was a loving mother, doting grandmother and oh-so proud great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Arnold, two sisters: Dorothy and Theola (Rusty), and a son-in-law Tim Abalayan.
She is survived by her husband, F. Robert Lee; four children: Cindy (Oscar Swenson) Abalayan, Greg (Karen) Thingelstad, Moreen (Carroll) Holmen, and Bill (Viv) Thingelstad; seven grandchildren: Nicole Abalayan, Staci Thingelstad, Laura Thingelstad, Jim (Cherish) Holmen, Sarah (Eric) Eyland, Katie Thingelstad, and Bryce Thingelstad; two great-grandchildren: Avery and Julian Holmen; two sisters: Olive and Linda; and numerous nieces and nephews
Clergy: Rev. Diane Krumm
Organist: Elaine Flaten
Soloist: Virgil Sheggerud
Accompanist: Marcia Sheggerud
Honorary Pallbearers: All of Sonia's Grandchildren
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