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Matthew, Lillian Emeline
B: 02 Apr 1900, Humboldt, MN
M: 23 Jun 1924, Oscar C. Knutson, Humboldt, MN
D: 24 Apr 1986, Northwest Medical Center, Thief River Falls, MN
Bur: Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN

FN: Alfred Matthew
MN: Sarah Louisea Barnaby Croaker

Grew up in Humboldt, MN and graduated from High School there. She then attended Moorhead State College, graduating in 1922. Lillian and Oscar moved to Thief River Falls in 1931. Lillian taught school for more than 40 years. She also taught piano for many years. She was a former member of the Humboldt Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge, the WWI VFW Auxilliary (past president), and the Retired Teachers' Association.

Funeral services were held April 28th at United Methodist Church with Rev. Bernard Lewellin officiating. Pallbearers were Winton Fellman, Marvin Hallberg, Harland Knutson, Larry Knutson, Ray Knutson, and Albert Koop. Arrangements were made with the Green Funeral Home of Thief River Falls, MN.

Oscar C. Knutson
B: 28 Oct 1892, Marshall County, MN
D: 29 Oct 1974, Thief River Falls, MN

Children of Oscar Knutson and Lillian Matthew:

1. Eldora Elaine Knutson
B: 02 Feb 1929, Humboldt, MN
D: 09 Jan 2002, at residence in Thief River Falls, MN
M: 02 Mar 1946, Ferrl L. Ranum, Thief River Falls, MN b. 23 Feb 1928

2. Louise Marie Knutson
B: 12 Nov 1937, Thief River Falls, MN
M: 23 Jun 1956, Martin Solseng, Jr. Thief River Falls, MN

Children of Martin Solseng Jr. and Louise Knutson:

1. Sherry Lynn Solseng
B: 20 Apr 1957
M: 17 Jul 1976, Gary Page b. 2 May 1943 Black Duck, MN

Children of Gary Page and Sherry Lynn Solseng:
1. Brandon Lee Page
B: 04 Aug 1980, Thief River Falls, MN

2. Allison Lynn Page
B: 11 Sep 1984, Thief River Falls, MN

2. Michelle Marie Solseng
B: 21 Jun 1963, Thief River Falls, MN
M: 18 Jun 1983, Tim Benton b. 16 Jun 1957 Minneapolis, MN. They were married at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church, rural Thief River Falls, MN

3. Aves Knutson
M: Unknown Yanuszeski

Eldora Elaine Knutson


Eldora Elaine Knutson was born February 2, 1929, in Humboldt, MN, to the late Oscar C. and Lillian E. (Matthew) Knutson. She was baptized on April 4, 1931, at the Methodist Church in Humboldt. She grew up and attended school in Thief River Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1945. Eldora attended Normal Teachers Training in Thief River Falls and took art classes through correspondence as well.

On March 2, 1946, Eldora was united in marriage to Ferrl L. Ranum at Zion Luthern Church Parsonage in Thief River Falls. Her employment consisted of various jobs prior to her work as clerk and State Coordinator for the Selective Service for 16 years, from which she retired in 1969.

She loved working with dolls and craftwork of various kinds. Eldora founded the Victoria Doll House in 1988, along with Kathy (Mrs. Chuck) Carlson. She also enjoyed working with family history. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Thief River Falls for many years. Eldora was also a founding member of the Fibromyalgia Support Group in Thief River Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Ferrl; sisters, Louise (Martin) Solseng, Thief River Falls, MN and Aves Yanuszeski, Lake Havasu City, AZ and 2 nieces and several cousins.

Proceded in death by parents and grandparents.

Eldora Ranum died on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at her residence in Thief River Falls, Minnesota at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 7 days. May her memory be blessed.

In Loving Memory of

Eldora Ranum

February 2, 1929 - January 9, 2002

Funeral Services

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Saturday, January 12, 2002 1:00 PM

Rev. Galen Sylvester, Officiating

Joyce Halbasch, Organist

Gene Arveson, Special Music

"In The Garden"

"At The End of The Road"

Congregational Hymns

"Blest Be The Tie That Binds" #370

"My Faith Looks Up To Thee" #479


Chuck Carlson, Gary Page

Tim Benton, Elton Solseng

Larry Krostue, John Sannes


Rindal Cemetery, New Solum Township

Marshall County, Minnesota

Arrangements by

Green Funeral Home

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

After Glow

I'd like the memory of me

to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an afterglow

of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve

to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave

when life is done.