Mabel C. Haugen


      Mabel C. Haugen, 87, of Crystal, MN, formerly of Greenbush & Roseau, died on Monday, December 23, 2013 in The Andrea L. Thorstad Adult Foster Home in Crystal. 


      Mabel was born Mabel Christine Williamson, daughter of Oscar & Tina Frances (Samson) Williamson on May 22, 1926 at Greenbush, MN.  She attended school at Greenbush and graduated Greenbush High School.  Mabel worked as a telephone operator and at the Roseau Milk Plant, where she met her future husband.  She married Frederick A. Haugen on December 12, 1947 in Greenbush.  They lived briefly in Spokane, Washington before settling in Roseau, where they lived for many years.  Fred Haugen died on February 17, 2005.  She then moved with her daughter to Hutchinson, MN and later the Twin Cities, where she lived until her death.

      Mabel loved to cook, bake, garden and visit with friends and family.  Both Freddie and Mabel were known and appreciated for their warm hospitality, and Mabel always had something prepared for planned or drop-in company.  She, along with her husband, were active as Jehovah’s Witnesses, and their lives were filled with congregation activities, conventions, and talking to others about the Bible’s promises for the future.


      She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Rowe, of St. Paul, MN, grandchildren, Micah Rowe of New Hope, MN,  Joel Haugen of Moorhead, MN,  Kara (Casey) Scharf of St. Cloud, MN,  Shane Haugen of Moorhead, MN,  Caleb (Adrienne) Rowe of Apple Valley, MN, Breiann (Jason) Alston of Marshall, MN,  10 great-grandchildren, sister, Beatrice (Manvil) Dvergsten, & brother, Arvid Williamson, both of Greenbush.


      She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Merlin Haugen and brother, Kermit Williamson. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


      Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM in The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Roseau, MN, with Al Yamry, officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Roseau with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of arrangements.