Services for Muriel Velory Halvorson,

Muriel Velory Halvorson, 99, of Clearbrook, MN died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at McIntosh Senior Living in McIntosh, MN.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN, with the Reverend Robert Kirchman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Silver Creek Cemetery in Clearbrook, MN. Military Rites will be accorded by the Melvin Johnson American Legion Post #320 of Clearbrook, MN.
Muriel was born on December 11, 1921 at Clearbrook, MN the daughter of Andrew and Alpha (Odnessen) Halvorson and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Muriel graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1940.  Muriel went to work in Bagley at a Bagley Hotel, washing dishes and filing pay cards. The hotel was located where Galli Furniture is now today.  She moved to Minneapolis and worked for Brown and Bigelow, a Calendar Company.  Muriel wanted to serve our country and she chose the branch of the Navy because their uniforms were the most dashing.  She enlisted in August of 1944 and was in charge of new recruits. Muriel enlisted for an additional year in order to further her education.  Muriel attended Hunter College in New York City and spent time in Cleveland, Ohio while she was in the service.  It is in Ohio, that she learned her love of swimming.   Muriel loved being in the Navy and describes it as being one of the best times of her life. After her honorable discharge, she attended the University of Minnesota Teachers College in Minneapolis, MN and received her Bachelor Degree in Interior Decorating and Education.  She already had a job waiting for her before her graduation in 1951.  Muriel worked in Fertile for 4 years and she also taught in Chokio for 1 year. Muriel got a job at Bemidji High School teaching Home Economics, where she worked until her retirement in 1982. Muriel and her parents built a house in Clearbrook in January 1959, where Muriel lived until entering the Good Samaritan Center in Clearbrook and then on to McIntosh Senior Living.  Muriel fought and overcame ovarian cancer in 1964.  Muriel loved to travel and took trips to New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Russia and other European Countries.  It was there that she went swimming in the Black Sea.  Muriel loved to swim especially at the Clearbrook Pool where she swam 2 – 3 times a day and also received the “Queen of the Pool” award.  Muriel’s faith was very important to her throughout her life.  She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Clearbrook, where she was very active. She enjoyed sewing and made a lot of clothes.  Muriel was very proud of her flowers that she grew and loved bird watching, especially her Hummingbirds and Orioles. Muriel had a great interest and was very skilled at Rosemaling, creating many pieces. She was always kind and had a wonderful infectious laugh.  Her independent and courageous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.  
She is survived by 2 special nieces – Linda (Winton) Mickelson of Oklee, MN
Gloria (David) Melby of St. Cloud, Minnesota
Muriel was also survived by other nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and great nephews and great great nieces and great great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, Ione, Gertrude, Phyllis and Gerda; 1 brother - Warren and special niece- Arlene Cease; special nephews - Roger Ellickson and Ted Berglund as well as other nieces and nephews.
Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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