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Anna Elaine (Axdahl) Meyer

February 4, 1941 ~ April 21, 2019 (age 78)

Elaine Meyer, 78, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away at the Ecumen-Cottages, on Sunday April 21, 2019.  A memorial service to honor Elaine will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home at Noon. Visitation will be from 10am-Noon on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Anna Elaine Axdahl was born on February 4, 1941 to Armand and Elsie (Hagman) Axdahl in Houghton, MI.  She was raised in the Moorhead area and graduated from Moorhead High School with the class of 1959. After high school, Elaine went to college at Gustavus Adolphus College and Moorhead State University, earning her bachelor’s degree, and did graduate work at St. Thomas University and St. Scholastica University. 

On November 22, 1962 Elaine was united in marriage to Larry Meyer.  She taught school in Barnesville, MN, and Valley City, ND.  In 1971, Elaine and her children moved to the Detroit Lakes area, where she taught English and Speech.  She coached and judged debate and speech activities, and drama contests. 

She was an active Volunteer Coach for the American Legion Oratory contest for over 30 years, and a Volunteer coach for the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. She was also on the Lake Agassiz Public Library board and was a Lifetime member of the Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15.

In 2000, she retired from the Detroit Lakes High School after teaching for 30 years.  In retirement she enjoyed Toastmasters International, school musicals and theater, watching ice skating, substitute teaching, judging speeches, swimming and traveling to Florida to spend time with her grandchildren.

Deeply loved, Elaine's passing is mourned by her sons; Greg (Diana) Meyer and David Meyer, grandchildren; Joe and Ainsley Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Jean Bahnson.


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