Jennie ‘Aileen’ Stougaard

EDMONDS, Wash. – Jennie “Aileen” Stougaard, age 91, of Edmonds, formerly a long-time resident of Fairmont, died peacefully on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Sunrise of Edmonds in Edmonds, Wash., where she had been living since March 2013. There will be a private family memorial service. Arrangements are being made with Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.

Aileen was born July 19, 1922, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of William and Jennie (Myhre) Shannon. She attended St. Paul public schools and went on to earn an undergraduate as well as a Master of Science in Home Economics Education degree from the University of Minnesota. Between earning her two degrees, Aileen proudly joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) to support the nation’s war effort during World War II. She was assigned to the Army Medical Corps and was stationed in North Carolina and Georgia. She married Raymond L. Stougaard, Jr. in June of 1949. The couple lived first in International Falls, Minn., and then moved to Fairmont in 1951. Aileen was a home economics teacher who taught in both the Fairmont and East Chain public schools. She was also a member of the First Congregational Church, AAUW, Interlaken Golf Club, and the Chain of Lakes Yacht Club, where she served as one of the club’s early female Commodores. Aileen was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; and by one infant daughter, Polly Stougaard.

She is survived by: two daughters, Ann (Clark) Gorder of Omaha, Neb., and Sara (Michael) Pattison of Edmonds, Wash.; one son, David Stougaard of Minneapolis, Minn.; six grandchildren, Jaeme (Gorder) Kawa, Pollyanna Gorder, Grant Pattison, Jessica Stougaard, Alyse Pattison, and Eliza Stougaard; two great-grandchildren, Harper Grace and Holden Kawa; and one sister, Doris Bonde of St. Paul, Minn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Goldstein Museum of Design, 1985 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108. Her Master’s professors and advisors, the Goldstein sisters for whom the museum is named, became lifelong friends. Their book “Art in Everyday Life” was originally published in 1925 and is still in print today as it is a “classic” used in the field of design. Their philosophy that good design is important to the quality of life was dear to Aileen and she sought to exemplify it in her teachings, her labors of love as a seamstress and chef, and her talent of creating beauty in the midst of daily life.