July 11, 1934 ~ April 19, 2020
Marlyce Joy (Ivesdal) Johnson passed away on April 19, 2020 in Hermosa Beach Califorinia. She was 85.
Marlyce was born in 1934 in Edmore, North Dakota the first child of Thelmer and Molly Ivesdal. She was the eldest of two children, with a brother who was ten years her junior (“The Brat”). Living on a farm and attending Prospect Township Country School, delivered many vivid memories to Marlyce. Her parents were always busy with the chores at hand - and the age and gender difference with her sibling caused her to spend much time alone. She developed a great love for her horse that she rode to school. He was a Tennessee Walker, named Jack. Marlyce considered Jack to be a very intelligent animal, and he provided her with many hours of enjoyment. She attended and graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, North Dakota, where she become interested in music while singing in the choir. Marlyce spent one year in Concordia Lutheran College where she studied music.
Wanting her own home, Marlyce moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she worked at many jobs. She studied opera and became a Coloratura Soprano. The highlight of her early singing career was being invited to do solo for the Minneapolis Symphony. It was a big event, and the whole family was to attend. However, it was harvest on the farm and her father could not attend. Her mother and little brother rode the 500-mile train ride to Minneapolis to attend great the event. Her young brother set a new record by sitting still for a full two hours during the concert. Opera was not his favorite.
In 1958, Marlyce interviewed with Western Airlines and landed her dream job as an airline flight attendant. She relocated to Los Angles with Western Airlines. There she met and married Edward Jackson, a policeman. They were married in 1960. Their union produced three fine sons, David, Steve and Paul. The marriage to Edward did not last ending in 1975.
The church and music always provided much joy in the life of Marlyce. She sang in choirs and chorales. Ronald E. Johnson also loved music. They found each other while singing in the church choir. After a year courtship, they were married in March of 1978, in the Westchester Lutheran Church, Westchester, California. He was a great life partner and helped raising the boys. Tragically in 1984, she lost son Steve in an automobile accident. He was only 21 years old.
In 1996, Marlyce and Ron, now retired, moved to Mesa, Arizona, where they built their dream home in Sunland Village East. They enjoyed taking trips in the USA and also world travels. Many of which involved their love of singing. They traveled to Europe with a chorale, and included a trip to Norway where they visited the village of “Ivesdal”, that was named after her grandfather. While there, they also visited Ron’s relatives in Bergan Norway. They spent many summers in North Dakota visiting Marlyce’s parents. They also spent a lot of time with Ron’s family. Marlyce became very close to Ron’s mother Opal, his sister LaDonna and brother Gary and his family.
After Ron passed away in 2018, Marlyce moved from Arizona to Sunrise Senior Living in Hermosa Beach, California so she could be close to her two sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. She enjoyed living at Sunrise where she met many new friends and greatly enjoyed spending time with her family.
Marlyce is survived by her sons David Bryan, Paul Jackson (Myra) and grandchildren Brittney, Brenna and Brent Jackson. She is also survived by her brother Steve Ivesdal and his wife Patricia. We will all deeply miss Marlyce with her charm, beauty, and great sense of humor. May she rest in peace.
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