Ardyce Henager

Obituary of Ardyce Henager

Ardyce passed away on September 11, 2022 at the age of 91. She was born in Fargo, ND on April 8, 1931, she was the daughter of Polly Pakulak and stepfather Bill Pakulak. Ardyce moved with family at a young age from Cando, ND to Eugene where she spent the rest of her life.
Ardyce graduated from Eugene High School in 1949 and during her Senior year she met the love of her life Clyde and they married shortly after Ardyce graduated. Clyde was often teased about robbing the cradle. She and Clyde were married for 70 loving years before Clyde passed away in 2020. They shared a strong love throughout the years, often holding hands well into their later years. Family always came first for Ardyce. She hauled kids around in the station wagon that she fondly called the schools bus to little league, Junior High and High school games, 4-H events, school events or whatever came up next. She always had a smile on her face and was willing to add one more kid and one more trip when needed. Ardyce and husband Clyde often opened up their home hosting their children’s friends for poster parties for pep rallies, school dances, team events, and when one of the kids was running for a student office positions. During her kids teen years, Ardyce would always welcome the kids friends that may be struggling offering up a listening ear, shoulder to cry on and advice if asked for. She loved unconditionally. She was always there for her children and even survived their teen years. She loved camping trips, traveling, family reunions, square dancing, her huge circle of friends, family and any reason to call an occasion special.
Ardyce worked as a bookkeeper for 25 years followed by 10 years in the travel industry operating a tour company with her sister. She belonged to the IOF, Bethel Lions, ESA Sorority, and went through all the chairs in the Rebekahs. She was the ESA state coordinator for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. She was active in Asbury United Methodist Church.
Ardyce’s life was full of kindness, caring, loving and a gentleness for all those lucky enough to have their lives touched by her. Her presence enriched many lives. She is survived by her daughter Kay Kronholm (John), daughter Mindy Sandford, son Gary Henager (Kathy), nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Clyde, mother Polly and stepfather Bill Pakulak, brother Ken Karlas and sister Hazel Knapp.
Her children would like to say special thank you to Grammy Dee’s House where Ardyce spent the final two and half years of her life journey in a comfortable and loving environment.
A celebration of life for Ardyce and husband Clyde is being planned for October 15, 2022 at 1:00pm at Asbury United Methodist Church at with reception to follow.

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