Deborah D. Skovgaard, 68, of Milton, ND passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Sanford on Broadway, Fargo, ND. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND.
Wife, Amma, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Nurse, Bartender, Published Author, Trusted Advisor and Shieldmaiden Viking Poet. These words fall short and only begin to describe our beautiful Mother.
Deborah Denise Skovgaard drew her last breath of her own volition and went to be with the Lord on 17 August 2021 at 5:30 AM surrounded by family as they recited the Lord’s Prayer. Debbie was born 23 September 1952 in Langdon, North Dakota to Glenn and Inga Laxdal. She went to school and grew up in the Edinburg area developing friendships with people that she maintained until she passed. Debbie went to work at the Cedar Inn in Cavalier and worked as a waitress and bartender for many years, it was there she met her Husband Steven Skovgaard. Steven and Debbie would spend many years going on primitive camping trips called “rendezvous”. They travelled near and far, all over the U.S., to spend time together in the great American wilderness; cultivating an amazing marriage that would see her to the end.
Deborah worked a variety of jobs in the area as bartender, waitress and newspaper editor, but had a dream of doing long term care and she achieved that dream working as a Medical Technician at Borg Home in Mountain. Deborah valued the elderly and showed them the veneration and respect she knew they were worthy of. Residents at Borg would ask for her counsel long after she worked there and she continued visiting residents weekly until the pandemic started.
Debbie loved spending time in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals or baking delicious treats for family, these simplest of pleasures brought great joy to her life and our stomachs. It would be rare to arrive at Amma’a house and not have a pan of SK bars waiting or some other Icelandic dessert. It was always a warming experience to sit at her table and have a coffee, all while hearing stories about her adventures with her family or parents. There was never a lack of pictures from her travels to Iceland, Canada, Hawaii or from just from her Home doing what she loved most, spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or dear friends.
Loved ones that cleared the heavenly path for Deborah were her Father and Mother Glenn and Inga Laxdal and her daughter Jennifer Chambers. The loved ones that will miss her until they are reunited are her husband Steven Skovgaard, her sister Jennifer Laxdal, her daughter Heather Waldner, her son’s Chris (Shannon) Chambers, Bill (Kathleen) Thompson and Arien (Jessica) Thompson, her grandchildren Craig (Jean), Glenna (Kevin), Tristan, Breanna (Mos), Jerrod, Avery, Sydney (Ash), Hannah, Jayden, Kadee, William, Molly, Reagan, Poe, Odin, and her great-grandchild Evelynn, with another on the way. Deborah also had two dogs that she loved very much named Thunder and Abby.