Ilene K. Armer, 77, formerly of Bottineau, ND, passed away on December 31, 2018 at a Bismarck care center.
Ilene Kathryn Armer was born in Rugby ND on Jun 22, 1941 to Kelmer E Johnson and Inga (Kittelson) Johnson. She was baptized at the Nordland Church. Ilene was their only child and was probably somewhat spoiled by them and her Kittelson Aunts and Uncle. She enjoyed many trips to the Kittelson homestead in Roland Township. Ilene graduated from Bottineau High School in 1959.
Ilene and James L Armer were married on Sept 2, 1962. They later lived in Minot where Ilene attended Minot State and received a BA degree in 1972 and Jim began a career with the Border Patrol and Customs. Jim died in 1980 and Ilene never remarried. They also had a house in Westhope, Jim’s hometown. Ilene returned to Bottineau later and cared for her mother until her death in 1993. She remained in their house on Ohmer Street until November 2015 when she entered Trinity Nursing Home, after a fall and health complications. She moved to Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in 2017 to be near a cousin. She put many miles on her powerchair in both facilities and was saddened when PT turned her speed down a few months ago. She commented frequently “I might just as well stay in my room, it takes so long to get anywhere.” But she would eventually go each day and inspect the home and activities. Complications caused her to lose one leg and she depended on the staff entirely when not in her chair.
Her dear friend Grace would be a reliable companion for travels around the Bottineau area and they rarely missed a Sunday at Lake Metigoshe Lutheran Church. She enjoyed watching people and activities and generally had a cat or two around. She helped care for both her parents in their later years.
Ilene is survived by several cousins from her paternal Johnson side and maternal Kittelson and Hanson families. The Kittelsons and Hansons were true Turtle Mt. pioneers that emigrated from Norway and were instrumental in the Nordland church establishment.
Cremation has taken place and Ilene’s ashes will be interred next to Jim at the Westhope Cemetery in the spring.