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Marlys A Granberg
February 13, 1954 - February 19, 2024

Place of Birth: Williston, North Dakota
Residence: Bismarck, ND, formerly of Tioga, ND
Age: 70

Marlys A. Granberg, 70, of Bismarck, ND, formerly of Tioga, ND passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the Baptist Health and Rehab Home in Bismarck, ND.

Marlys Ann Tong was born on February 13, 1954, to Roy F. and Joyce (Hill) Tong at Mercy Hospital in Williston, ND.

She was baptized and confirmed at the Ray Lutheran Church. Marlys started first grade at the Temple School in Temple, ND. After that school closed she attended Ray Public School, graduating in 1972. She attended UND-Williston and obtained her License Practical Nursing degree. She started working as an LPN at the Tioga Community Hospital in 1973 and worked there for 23 years before retiring due to health issues. As a senior in high school, Marlys became ill with Lupus which affected her kidneys. She received a kidney donated from her younger sister, Judy, in September 1977, which was a perfect match.

On June 12th, 1976, she was united in marriage to Grant Iwen. This marriage ended in divorce. She married James Granberg on June 4th, 1982. With this marriage, she gained three children.

She was a member of the Ray Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council. She volunteered at the Norsk Hostfest for many years. She was also a volleyball referee and line judge for the area schools. Marlys and Jim lived in Tioga for many years until moving to Bismarck in 2012. In July of 2023, they moved to the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Mandan. At the time of her death she was living at the Baptist Rehab and Health Center in Bismarck.

She lived her life to the fullest, always dreaming of a new adventure. She loved traveling, playing pinochle, going to Bingo, listening to Daniel O’Donnell and watching her families sporting events, whether in person or on the computer.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jim Granberg of Mandan; mother, Joyce Tong of Ray; children, Rendi (Travis) Olson of Dickinson, Reed (Shelly) Granberg of Hamilton, MT, and Lisa Olson of Ray. Grandchildren, Halle (Kai) Bertilrud of Dickinson, Logan Olson of Minneapolis, MN, Reagan Olson of Tempe, AZ; Cooper Granberg, Mason Granberg and Austin Granberg all of Hamilton, MT; Hayden Slikker of Pipon, CA, Lucas Olson of Fargo and Abby Olson of Ray. One brother, Roy J. (Lynn) Tong of Plentywood, MT; five sisters, Arlene Sprinkel of Milbank, SD, Nancy Elliott of Greenwood, NE, Teresa (Barry) Johnson of Williston, Judy (Red) Knox of Ray, and Carrie (Leston) Johnson of Bismarck, ND. One brother-in-law, Tom Franklin of Destin, FL. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and one aunt, Cora Weyrauch of Ross, ND.

She is preceded in death by her father, Roy F. Tong; brother, Alan Tong; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Franklin; brothers-in-law, Robert Elliott and Bill Sprinkel; grandparents, Orren and Cora Hill, Roy and Martha Tong, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Carol McIntyre Oxner (Tioga, nd)
Feb 20, 2024
So many memories of Marlys!!! from her throwing Kali her baby shower and everyone wanted to put things on her head. She was so happy for me that I got my girl. She lived life to the fullest and was going to see the world as much time allowed. She was a saint! She took me on my first trip to Hawaii and had no problem driving in Hawaii. We went to the Big Sur and watched them surf and to hang ten!!! She endured being sick at such a young age. Her sister Judy gave her a new kidney. We hung out with the life guards and seeing the nude beach. Went to the hold in the mountain where people were jumping in, We went to a dance with the Hawaiian dancers. The only time I regret was not doing more over there We filled our days full. Edith Ann was the most gracious host. Loved those days and I'm going to live my life to the fullest and see as much as I can. Until I can'1 She asked about Kali all the time.. Jim meant a lot to her being her coach. So much in her life. Will miss running into you.. The last time I seen her was at the meat market and she told me her mother was healthier than she was. She was right!! Joyce endured a lot of deaths in her family! Losing a son at such a young age was hard on them all. You will always be missed by us old nurses!!!! Love Carol!
Pattie Biwer (Osakis, Mn)
Feb 20, 2024
Sorry to hear the sad news that Marlys passed away. Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of Marlys’s family and friends.
Freda Vachal (Stanley, North Dakota)
Feb 20, 2024
So sorry to read of Marlys' passing. She went through a lot of health issues and still lived life to the fullest!!. May God's blessings be with all of you at this most difficult time. May she rest in Peace!
Pat Eide (Tioga , North Dakota )
Feb 21, 2024
I was shocked by her passing, she always was on the go, had such wonderful pictures she shared, but never let on if she wasn't feeling well. I missed our weekly got any news posts. This is such a a loss to so many. She was a gift to us from God, to know her was to know love, laughter and friendship. God Bless Jim, and her family.
Mary and Dwight Schmitt (Minot, ND)
Feb 21, 2024
Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are going out to all of Marlys’s family. She was a neat lady and a friend to all.
Cindy Hansen (Wildrose, ND)
Feb 21, 2024
Sincere condolences to Marlys's family and friends! She will be missed by many!
Gayle Vinger Malwitz’ (Mesquite, NV)
Feb 23, 2024
I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. My prayers are with all of you!
Karen Pederson (Tioga, North Dakota)
Feb 24, 2024
Marlys helped me deliver Evsn & I can still hear her saying, push Karen push. She took loving care of me. Marlys & Jim dressed up as Santa & Mrs Clause surprising our kid’s Christmas Eve at grandmas house. Marlys was a great ref then line judge for volleyball. She knew my extended family from Tioga’s community news. Friends from big cities were so impressed that they were in the newspaper!! She was like glue holding our town together. Thanks Marlys for life well lived.
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