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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Erma L. Stokes, 99 passed away December 16, 2017 in Fargo, ND at Bethany on University.

Erma Laurean Helm was born August 14, 1918, in Cathay, ND. She lived a long, industrious life in Carrington, ND, living independently well into her 90s. Now she is resting in the arms of the Lord. Erma was the first of eight children born to Jacob and Emma (Putz) Helm. She married Erling S. Stokes on June 29, 1939, in Cathay. They raised their family on a farm near Carrington. Erma had worked as Church Secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Her family and friends enjoyed her many talents in those areas. Erma also did Toll painting and Rose mailing.

Erma is survived by her sisters Janet Dempsey and Maxine Itzenhauser; children Lavon Lawrence of Carrington, Charlene (Richard) Haertel of Juneau, WI, Kim (Mary) Stokes of Horace and daughter-in-law Brenda (Harrington) Stokes of Carrington. Erma is furthered survived by 14 grandchildren, Gail Arne, Robi Banergi, Didi Banergi, Arun Banergi, Lavina (Lawrence) Martinez, Hunter Lawrence, Rachel Stokes, Kirk Stokes, Erica Stokes, Shana Haertel-Strehlow, Lezley (Haertel) Lenz, Chelsey (Stokes) Johnson, Lindsay (Stokes) Condry and Leah Stokes; by 13 great-grandchildren, Rachel, Jared, Talia, Alayna, Luca, Richard, Takeo, Alexander, Zoey, Bryce, Beau, Rayna and Willow; and 5 great-great grandchildren, Reese, Rome, Giovanna and Brylee, Jaylon; as well as many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Erling, in 1977; her infant brother Lowell; brothers Ray and Wesley; sisters Lilas (Marge), Arlene and Beverly; and her beloved son Douglas.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church
Funeral Service will be held Saturday July 21, 2018, at 2:00PM in Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington
Burial will be in Carrington Cemetery, Carrington

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  1. May she rest in peace and prayers to her family.

  2. Just had wondered about Erma so checked, and found her notice of death. She did indeed live a full life and we spent some fun times at her home when our kids were small, and my granddaughter and I went to one of her later birthday celebrations in Carrington at the Chieftan. Her mother and my mother-in-law were sisters. God bless. Arlene

  3. To the Stokes family, especially my dear childhood friend Charlene, many a happy memory was spent at your house. She gave you so many great memories. May they help you through this difficult time.


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