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Millie Portz

Millie Portz, age 89, of Sheyenne, ND, died Friday, February 10, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Larimore, ND.

Millie Ystaas was born in Warwick, ND, June 2, 1927, the daughter of Ole & Syneva (Nestaas) Ystaas. She was raised there and graduated from high school in Sheyenne.

Millie married the love of her life, Art Portz, on June 4, 1947, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, ND. Millie and Art welcomed their daughter, Cheryl, into their lives on January 9, 1948.

Millie and Art raised their family in Sheyenne. They would travel to Cass Lake, MN, to camp with extended family during the summer. Millie enjoyed their many outings and adventures. Millie worked at Garnaas Grocery Store in her younger days and later went to work at Sioux Manufacturing in Fort Totten, ND, as a quality control tester until her retirement. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sheyenne, and later became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sheyenne.

Millie loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took pride in teaching them the value of a good work ethic. When they would come to stay with her she always had little chores for them to do. She would reward their efforts with some money once they completed the tasks that they were given. Millie enjoyed gardening, being out in the fresh air and crocheting. She was also an avid card player.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Ron Throlson, Sheyenne, ND; her grandson, Scott (Robyn) Throlson, and their children, Emily and Allison, all of Bismarck, ND; her granddaughter, Amy (Neil) Powers, and their children, Meagan, Jaden and Hunter, all of Osage, MN; two sisters, Bernice Hallsten and Donna (Walt) Nienaber; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Millie is preceded in death by her husband, Art; daughter, Cheryl Throlson; parents; along with several brothers and sisters.



Tuesday (Feb 14th) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home


Grace Lutheran Church, Sheyenne, ND


Wednesday, February 15th at 10:30 AM


Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

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Name: Serenus Hoffner

Date: February 18, 2017

Message: I taught at Sheyenne Public Schools from January-May of 2001. I stayed in Millie's basement during the week. Millie was one of the nicest individuals I ever knew.  May you rest in peace Millie.


Name: Deanna Smith Erickson

Date: 02/15/2017

Message: Scott, Amy, Ron and Millie's extended family - So sorry to hear about your loss - My thoughts and prayers with you and your family.



Name: Dawn Boyd

Date: 2/15/17

Message: Bernice and Donna,  Were thinking of you, too, as you grieve the loss of your sister.  I know you were very close and will miss her dearly. Please know I'm sorry to not be with you.



Name: Dawn Stedman Boyd

Date: 2/14/17

Message: Ron, Amy, & Scott : I'm so sorry to hear of Millie's death. She has been such a special person in my life-- from my earliest days in the Methodist Church. We are in AZ so are unable to attend her service.  Bob and I want you to know how much we care and are thinking of you all.



Name: Glenn and Judy Cudworth

Date: Feb 13,  2017

Message: Our condolences in the loss of a very special lady. 

Former neighbors and friends with Ron Throlson.

Glenn and Judy


Name: Judy (Sylling) Possen

Date: Feb. 12, 2017

Message: Ron & Family, I am so sorry for your loss.  Cherish your memories and take one day at a time.  God's comfort is perfect.

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