Avis (Hennissen) Halverson
September 9, 1925 ~ March 29, 2023 (age 97)
Avis (Hennissen) Halverson peacefully returned home on March 29, 2023 at Eventide on Eighth Care Center in Moorhead, Minnesota after a brief illness. Many thanks to the staff at Eventide and Ethos Hospice.
Avis was born September 9, 1925, the daughter of Chris and Johanna Hennissen of Halma, Minnesota. Avis grew up in Halma. She graduated from Karlstad High School in 1943 then attended Bemidji State University and went on to teach primary grades in St Vincent, Minnesota.
On March 22, 1946, Avis married Ivan Twamley. They had one son, David. Ivan was the postmaster of the St. Vincent Post Office. When Ivan passed away in 1957, Avis took over as postmistress. There, she met Kenneth Halverson – a widowed mail carrier from Walhalla, North Dakota. They married June 13, 1960, and Avis became step-mother to Geneal and Cordell Halverson. Avis and Ken blended their family with the birth of their son, Kent. They became residents of Jamestown, North Dakota, where they raised their family – including Tiny, their chihuahua.
Avis belonged to St. John’s Lutheran Church and Christ Care Group in Jamestown. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in both the Eldridge and Spiritwood Schools. Avis continued to read the newspaper and keep up on current events throughout her life.
Avis left an indelible impression on everyone she met through her grace, humility and welcoming kindness. She enjoyed family photographs and her collection of spoons from her travels. Avis would often end a phone call with plans to chat again the next day – to which she would respond, “You bet. That’ll be fine.”
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, David Twamley and Kent Halverson; stepchildren Geneal Hall (Dick) and Cordell Halverson (Pat); grandchildren Ella Halverson, Jack Halverson, Julie Vomacka (Paul), Katie Hall (Merritt), Kristi Hall-Jiran (Brent), Ken Hall (Shayna), Jennifer Halverson (Anthony), Leasa Martinez (Richard), and Philip Halverson; great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; special friends Joy Thiede, Tammy Lanaghan, Israel Carbajal, and Kris Kuelbs.
Avis is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, and one grandchild.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, May 26, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Jamestown, ND with Pastor Erik Weber officiating. Interment will be in Highland Home Cemetery.
Eddy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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