Nettie Jean Williams Bagley, the daughter of George Alfred and Della Delcina (Taylor) Williams was born the youngest of seven on October 17, 1928 in Marmarth, North Dakota.
Posted on August 1, 2012
Nettie Jean Williams Bagley, the daughter of George Alfred and Della Delcina (Taylor) Williams was born the youngest of seven on October 17, 1928 in Marmarth, North DakotaShe died at the age of 83 on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
She was raised in her parent’s home and her family called her Nettie Jean but she preferred to be called Jean. She boasted that she could do anything that the boys did and do it better. One day she climbed the water tower in Marmarth not wanting to be scolded and she sure did not do that again. She loved to swim in the Little Missouri River and Beaver Creek. Jean graduated the eighth grade on May 17, 1944 from Marmarth Public School. On October 17, 1945, her 17th birthday, she was united in marriage to Joseph Kent Bagley. The couple raised a family of eight children, six boys and two girls, including a set of twin boys. She would tell of the time they lived in a sheep wagon and the oldest boy had to learn to walk on the bed since there was no room on the floor. Nettie loved being a wife and mother; working hard taking care of her family. Baking bread was one of the things she did twice a week and it consisted of ten loaves of bread, two pans of buns and two pans of cinnamon knots or rolls. She hardly fed just the family. There were always nephews, nieces and uncles or whoever was working on the machinery would be there for most meals. She cared for a large garden and sold the extra produce out of the back of her station wagon. She also cared for the bum lambs and chickens as well.
Jeans hobbies included knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and sewing. She also loved animals of all kinds. She hand sewed her oldest daughters wedding dress. She was recognized by the Sunset Home in Bowman, ND for her many hours of volunteer service and visiting residents. She participated in the Relay for Life survivor lap walk.
Jean is survived by her children, Alfred James of Bowman, ND, LeRoy Eugene of Lake Elsinor, CA, Charlotte Faye Bratvold of Rio Rancho, NM, Terry Joe of Rhame, ND, Lonny Ray of Lakewood, CO, Donny Jay of Malta, MT, Gary Lee of Minatarre, NE, and Julie Ann Tastad of Rolette, ND and their spouses; 24 Grandchildren; 31 Great grandchildren; 7 step great grandchildren; brothers, Ernest Anson and Robert Merl; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 3 brothers; a sister; and her parents.
A Memorial service was held at 7th Day Adventist Church in Bowman, North Dakota with a private burial in the Riverside Cemetery in Marmarth, North Dakota.