Lilly E. Bingaman, 100

Lilly E. Bingaman, 100, of Churchs Ferry, ND,  died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake, ND.  Funeral services will be Saturday, April 16th, 2011,  2:00 PM at Christ Free Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, ND, with Pastor Gary Fulsebakke officiating.  Burial will be in Antiochia Lutheran Cemetery, rural Churchs Ferry. Reading the Scriptures and obituary will be:  Trudy Ertmann, Elaine Nelson and Kevin Thompson.  Visitation will be Friday, April 15, 2011, from 4 to 7pm at the church.  Casket bearers will be:  Todd Miller,  Eric Thomas,  Don Thompson,  Ronnie Thompson,  Garry Thompson,  Kim Thompson,  Kevin Thompson and Leland Tangelin. Honorary bearers will be:  Churchs Ferry Senior Club,  Jennie Schmiess,  Leonard Thompson,  Allan and Peggy Overland, all friends and neighbors. Music will be from:  Rhonda  Thompson Howard, Rita Thompson Halvorson,  Roger & Karen Hill,  Pastor Gary Fulsebakke,  Dick Anderson and Carol Thompson.  The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements.
 
     Lilly Evelyn Thompson was born October 30, 1910, at Strathcona, MN to Severin (Sam) and Christine (Anderson) Thompson.  She was baptized at the Gustav Adolf Church at Strathcona.  The family later moved and farmed at rural Greenbush, MN.  In the fall of 1920, the family moved to North Dakota to the Lauritz Jacobson farm in Pelican Township of Ramsey County, rural Churchs Ferry, located near the Big Coulee Lutheran Church where Lilly was confirmed in Swedish.  They moved to a farm east of the Lebanon Church in the fall of 1924 and in 1926, after crop hailed out, moved to a farm by Harlow, ND. Then in 1929, the family moved to the McDonald farm 4 miles south of Churchs Ferry. Lilly received her education at the Mickelson School and later the Gavik School near Greenbush, MN, the Pelican School in Ramsey County and Normania School #2 in Benson County.  Lilly, age 14, and sister, Alice, 18, were in charge of the Thompson household and young siblings after their mother died in 1925.  The Sam Thompson family  joined the Antiochia Lutheran Church south Churchs Ferry in 1925, where Lilly remained an active member until its closure in 1990.  She held offices in the Luther League, Ladies Aid WMF, and taught Sunday School.  Lilly later became a member of Christ Free Lutheran Church in Devils Lake.
 
     Lilly married Ernest Bingaman June 19, 1935 in Brinsmade by Pastor Alberts and raised six children.  They lived for four months at the “Lystad” Place and ten years at the “McDonald” Farm.  The couple purchased the original “Louis Pond” homestead in 1945. Lilly enjoyed  animals, birds,  gardening, flowers, writing, drawing and in earlier years, going to local basketball games.  Lilly was a charter member of the Harlow Homemakers Club and a Charter Member of the Churchs Ferry Senior Club which organized in 1985. Lilly lived on the farm with Sid until entering Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake on March 16, 2011 and died there on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011, at the age of 100 years, 5 months and 5 days.
 
     Survivors include her children:  Ernie Lee Bingaman of West Memphis, AK,  Betty Lou (Don) Horn of Prudenville, MI,  Sid Bingaman of Churchs Ferry,  Larry (Barbara) Bingaman of Sierra Vista, AZ and twins:  Don Bingaman of Moorhead, MN and Dan Bingaman of Grand Forks;  grandchildren:  Troy (Cathy) Miller of Algonoc, MI,  Todd (Beth) Miller of Utica, MI,  Shaun Bingaman of Bismarck,  Sheri (Eric) Thomas of Safford, AZ,  Dale Bingaman and Dannette Bingaman both of Park Rapids, MN;  4 great-grandchildren;  a sister-in-law:  Thelma Thompson of Minnewaukan;  many cousins, nephews and nieces.
 
    She was preceded in death by:  her parents;  husband:  Ernest “Dutch” in 1989;  her aunt who later became her step-mother:  Brita Augusta (Gussie);  sisters and brothers-in-law: Rakel Alice and Carl Blegen,  Laurine and Loren Witmer;  brothers and sisters-in-law: Elmer and Margaret (Heurtt) Thompson,  Sanford and Mabel (Ness) Thompson,  Willie and Irene (Lowe) Thompson,  Raymond and Ruth (Haugland) Thompson,  Sherman Thompson (lived 5 weeks),  Clarence and Betty (Carreon) Thompson,  Fredrik Roy and Grace (Ness) Thompson,  Bennie Thompson and a grandson:  Duane Bingaman.

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