Cecelia Ann Bertha Fernow Oliphant
Cecelia Ann Bertha Fernow Oliphant was born August 12, 1905, in Enderlin, North Dakota, to Ernest Carl and Magdalena Otelia Ufer Fernow. She attended Enderlin High School and graduated from Valley City State Teacherís College.
In 1932, she married N. Sterling Oliphant, making their first home in Lisbon, North Dakota. They had two children, Ronald and Mary Ann.
She taught in rural schools, Fargo, and West Fargo, North Dakota. Cecelia was an avid gardener, enjoyed sewing, music and painting, and was an active member of the Lutheran Church in communities where she made her home. Cecelia will be especially remembered for her positive outlook and welcoming smile.
In 1992, Cecelia moved to Canton, South Dakota, to live with her daughter where she volunteered in the public schools.
Survivors include daughter Mary Ann Oliphant Siverson, New Mexico and daughter-in-law Marilyn Oliphant, Minneapolis; grandchildren, Thomas Oliphant, Minneapolis; Kathryn Oliphant, Waconia; Karna Oliphant, Minneapolis; Glennis Siverson, Tucson; Jason Siverson, Daejong, North Korea; Sayra Siverson Salter, New Mexico; and great-grandchildren Mason Machtemes, Olivia Siverson Salter, and Sterling Siverson Salter.
A celebration of her life will take place at the Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, North Dakota, on Friday, August 15, at 2:00pm. Cecelia died on June 2, 2014.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Canton Good Samaritan Center for their loving care the past six years.