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Ovidie Marie Dyrud, 95, of New Hope, Minnesota, was born on a dairy farm near Colfax on February 26, 1918, to Elvin and Selma Evenson.

Ovidie taught school in a one-room rural school house for three years before going to nurses training at Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School and Augsburg College as well as at the University of Minnesota before graduating in 1942.

Ovidie worked as head nurse on the surgical floor and was an instructor of orthopedic and surgical nursing in Minneapolis. She served our country, as a nurse, in World War II as First Lieutenant on a U.S. Army hospital ship in the Philippines.

Ovidie married Amos Oliver Dyrud of Newfolden, Minnesota, on June 15, 1948. In 1949, they spent one year of language study at L’Alliance Francaise in Paris, France, prior to serving on the mission field in Madagascar until 1969. Upon their return from the Mission field, Ovidie served as Secretary to the President of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations.

Ovidie went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, January 4, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. She is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Amos Dyrud, parents, Elvin and Selma Evenson, and sisters, Esther Albright and Ellen Isakson.

She is survived by her children Peter (Judy) Dyrud; Rebekah; Naomi (Paul Hanson); and Samuel (Mary Jo) Dyrud; along with 33 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and loved ones.

Private family burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The family asks that memorials be given to the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School and Theological Seminary or Global Health Ministries — Madagascar.