Laura Harrum

Laura Harrum, age 91, of New Rockford, ND, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.

Laura Louise Chapman was born August 31, 1918, to Marion and Marie (Schumacher) Chapman, in Powers County near American Falls, ID. The family moved to Turtle Lake, ND, in 1920, where Laura graduated from high school in 1936. She graduated from Minot Teachers College in 1941, with a two year certificate in elementary education. Laura taught for five years in rural schools in North Dakota, followed by one year in Wilton, then teaching for two years in Oroville, WA.

She was united in marriage to Lyman Harrum in Turtle Lake, ND, on September 8, 1946. They farmed near Sheyenne, ND, and she taught part time. Lyman died on June 27, 1969, Laura returned to full time teaching in New Rockford. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Mayville College in 1974, and retired in 1980, after 22 ½ years of teaching.

Laura loved teaching school very much, and taught piano lessons from the time she was in high school, teaching many neighborhood kids. She also loved to travel, after retiring she visited all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries.

She is survived by her son, Gordon (Diane) Harrum, Richmond, MN; her daughter, Nancy (Chuck) Ludwig, Brantford, ND; four grandchildren, Dave Ludwig, Dan Ludwig, Chris Harrum and Ellen Wolf; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Cook, Bothell, WA, Madelyne (Dean) Beierle, Bismarck, ND; and a brother, Carlyle Chapman, Depew, NY.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one grandson, Andy Ludwig.


Funeral Service: First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND

Date and Time: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND

Posted Condolences:

Name: Diane Yri

Date: June 20, 2010

Message: Not only was Mrs. Harrum my first grade teacher, but she was also my piano teacher. I used to go with her after school to her home near Marie's Budget Shop, and I specifically remember her showing me her grandfather clock and how it worked. It was the first time I had ever seen one. She was such a kind and dear lady. I always enjoyed seeing her during my visits back to ND at church and my H.E.O. Club. My kids thought it was always so neat meeting my first grade teacher.


Name: Cousin Nancy (Chapman) Malchow

Date: 06/17/10

Message: Dear Gordan, Nancy and Family,
Just a short note to let you know we are all thinking about all of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We all have such wonderful memories of Aunt Laura we will always cherish. Our condolences to all of you. Love Uncle Carlyle, Bob and Nancy