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Artys Cole, age 98, resident of Whispering Oak Assisted Living Community, Ellendale, MN, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, February 14, 2017.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church, in Hanley Falls with Rev. David Peterson officiating.  Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday and interment will be in the West Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery.  

Artys Viola (Anderson) Cole was born July 23, 1918 to Lester and Minnie (Swanson) Anderson in Swede Prairie Township, near Clarkfield, MN. She attended rural school and then High School in Clarkfield and later completed a teacher’s training program in Montevideo, MN. She taught for several years in rural school District 10, Sandnes Township near Hanley Falls, MN. She dearly loved teaching her wide age range of students and kept in touch with many of them throughout her life.

Artys was united in marriage to Joseph Arnold Cole of rural Hanley Falls on October 19, 1947.  After their marriage, they were involved in farming west of Hanley Falls and continued to live on the farm after their retirement. 

She was a long time member of Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church where she served with various Women’s committees, enjoyed Bible studies, and quilting.  Artys came from a very musical family and she loved to play the piano and accordion.  Through the years, she enjoyed her many friends and family, was an avid reader and kept herself well informed on the issues of the day.  Her trust in Jesus Christ as her Savior was evident to all who knew her.  She was a joyful, kind, loving, listening, prayerful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Artys is survived by her children: Jarrol (Marjorie) Cole of Annandale, MN, JoAnn (Lowell) Jaeger of Annandale, MN, and Robert (Lori) Cole of Ellendale, MN; 10 granchildren: Rachael Schelonka, Sarah Schelonka, Rebekah Weston, Stephanie Smith, Derrick Jaeger, Annie Will, Laura Burr, Kristina Cole, Katie Cole, and John Cole; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph Cole; sisters, Lorraine (William) West and Marvelle (Manley) Olson; brother, Alford (Stella) Anderson; brothers-in-law: Lawrence (Louise) Cole, Roy (Cecil) Cole, Don (Pearl) Brabender, and Gerald (Harriet) Velde; and nephews: Danny Cole, Willliam “Bill” West, Stuart West, Glenn Brabender, Ronald Cole, and Rollie Olson.

Lynner Funeral Home, PO Box 8, Clarkfield, MN, 320-669-4416

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