Marlys Ann Haugen of Menomonie, formerly of Roberts and Osceola, died Nov. 6, 2018, at Mayo Hospital, Menomonie, from complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She was 80.
She was born March 29, 1938, in Kasota, Minn.
Marlys was a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family and friends. Over the years, Marlys was employed as a bookkeeper and office worker at various local businesses including Luchsinger Chiropractic Office, Bellanca, and Northwire. She continued in this line of work for Vincent Metals in Afton, Minn., until her retirement and then worked part-time as a claims adjuster for freight companies until her health declined. Marlys was a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family and friends. Many little girls were fortunate to receive handmade dolls and beautiful costumes created by Marlys’ loving and creative hands. Marlys was also very skilled at refurbishing furniture and turning trash into treasure – long before it was trendy to do so. Marlys was passionate about raising and showing Arabian horses and was an active and supportive member of the Sahara Sands Arabian Horse Association and the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders. Marlys was happiest when holding babies, surrounded by animals, and rooting for the Packers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mayme (Johnson) Pettis; her ex-husband, Dellard Jensen; her husband, Quinton (Dale) Haugen, and most beloved pets – Khouri, her Arabian stallion, and Tully, her faithful dog.
Marlys is survived by her children, Renae (Roger Jr.) Ekstrand, Kristin Govan, and Vincent Jensen. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Sherman, Mark (Joey), and David (Diane) Pettis, and sisters, Gail Beaver, Rebecca (Arvin) Larson, and Velma (Daryle) Larson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, Godchildren; and a number of other loving relatives and friends.
Marlys requested a quiet private burial and will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Dale, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.