Margrieta Skroms, 98, Bismarck, died July 25, 2017 at a Bismarck hospital. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home.
Margrieta Lamsters was born August 4, 1918 in Toce near Laudona, Latvia. She was the daughter of Karlis and Elvira (Budevics) Lamsters. She was raised on a diversified livestock farm at Malta near Vilani, Latvia. She received early education in local country schools, earned a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Riga in Latvia and was employed at the University Veterinary School.
World War II brought the Russian Occupation of Latvia, which caused her and her family to leave their homeland. She lived and practiced Veterinary Medicine in West Germany from 1944 until 1949. Margrieta married Janis V. Skroms, also a Veterinarian who was practicing in Germany in 1948.
December of 1949, Margrieta and Janis Skroms migrated to the United States. They began working on an Indiana farm, and then moved to Carson, ND in 1950 after completing requirements of North Dakota licensure to practice Veterinary medicine. They relocated to New Leipzig, ND and in 1960, built and operated a Veterinary Clinic in Mott, until their retirement in 1991 when they moved to Bismarck.
Margrieta was a graduate of the University of Riga, Latvia, Gundega Sorority, North Dakota Veterinary Medicine Association and an elected member of the Association of American State Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine. She was selected as Veterinarian of the year in the state of North Dakota by the Veterinary Association in 1984. She has been a member of the First Lutheran Church of Bismarck since 1991.
Margrieta is survived by her brother, Janis (Lina) Lamsters, Stanton; and many nieces and nephews.
Margrieta was preceded in death by her husband, Janis V. Skroms, her parents, Karlis and Elvira Lamsters; her sisters Ruta Grinbergs and Karen Grinups, and a nephew Janis V. Skroms.