Created along with the YWCA’s A Child’s World building in 1997, The Courtyard – A Tribute to Women was designed to provide a walkway in and around the facility while honoring women that shaped the Fargo-Moorhead community. Featuring paving stones that pay tribute to women who have made a difference in the lives of others, for nearly 20 years the Courtyard has welcomed A Child’s World families along with staff and visitors to the YWCA’s Administrative Office. Like the women it honors, the Courtyard has served us well; unfortunately, time, weather, and heavy usage have all taken a toll. After much analysis and contemplation, we have decided to pursue the safest and most cost effective option which is to retire the Courtyard and replace the pavers with a safer cement sidewalk. Women, or the families of women, who have been honored by large pavers in the Courtyard will be notified by mail and encouraged to pick up their stone at 3100 12th Ave North Fargo October 19-23. While every effort will be made to contact women honored, some addresses may not be current so please see below for a complete list of available pavers. On behalf of the YWCA Board of Directors and staff, thank you to all who contributed or were a part of The Courtyard project. The Courtyard itself might be going away but the impact you made on those around you will last forever.  

Patricia Rae DeVine

Gladys Erickson Herbison

Tammy Miller

Mildred Treumann

Ellen Jean Diederich

Anne Hoefgen

Elida Moen

Lois Vogel

Irene O. Diederich

Ruth Janice Elizabeth Hoglund

Myrtle Sellie Molldrem

Sue Ellen Wasserburger

Kirsten Bakke Diederich

Karel Kristine Holten

Donnie Moore

Elsie Welter

Mary Pappas Diederich

Myrtle Paulson Holten

Florence Reed Owens

Susy Madson Westerholm

Carol Dixon

Frances Marie Manns Hunt

Elva Patterson

Mavis Whiting

Isabel Eaton Dixon

Bernice Ihlenfeld

Beverly Paulson

Zelda W Wiig

Jennifer Dixon

Christina Michels Johnson

Barbara Peterson

Eleni Wilson

Melissa Raymond Dixon

Eleanor Granstrom Johnson

Nancy Stockton Piedimonte

Betty Borman Winton

Virginia Dixon

Lucille Jeanette Johnson

Florence Nightingale Piers

Patricia Lavasseur Wold

Florence Dufty

Olga Holie Johnson

Marguerite M. Olson Pratt

Women of Border States Electric Supply

Shelley Earsley

Judith Jorgenson

Marian Prior

Women of Cargill

Em Eggert

Carol Evonne Joyce

Lori Thalman Pytlik

Women of Herberger's

Elsie Ellig

Denise Kamstra

Kathy Stibbe Quaife

Women of Wells Fargo

Renola Hertha Ellig

Johanna Fridgen Kavanaugh

Renew '96 Board of Directors

Carolyn Wright

Rose K. Schafer Erickson

Inga Kellel

Helen Roberts

YWCA Auxilliary

Susan Erickson

Sindy Keller

Idona Ryding

Zonta International

Harriet Freeman Evert

Janet King

Ramona Schaible


Fargo Town Hall

Vivian Marie Knoll

Mabel Benedict Scheel


Velma J. Feasel

Samantha Margaret Kounovsky

Anna Jane Schlossman


Linda Finneman

Evelyn M. Larson

Jene Schlossman


Peggy Fisher

Gayle Larson

Mary Schlossman


Kathryn Floding

Patricia Ann Larson

Susan Schlossman


Collette Folstad

Grace C. Leigh

Katherine Siebert Schoemer


Toshiye Fujimoto

Albina Leingang

Cora T. Scott


Claire Gabriel

Fran Leingang

Lauri Winterfeldt Shanks


Frances C. Gabriel

Betty Litten

Christy Shotwell


Jan Gabriel

Mary A. Ludwick

Roberta Orthel Shreve


Lindsay Gabriel

Marjorie Ludwig

Gane' Skatvold


Maria Garcia

Rhonda Hektner Lybeck

Della M Smith


Bernice Jeanette Gorden

Lorry Lyngstad

Ruth Addie Lynn Smith


Judy Green

Dorothy Peterson Madson

Marsha Songstad


Phyllis J. Green

Jeannie Madson

Cathy Staples


Marvel Grommesh

Sharon Madson

Clara Horton Stockton


Helmina H. Gronhovd

Denise Magness

Maureta Studebaker


Christine S. Haibeck

Orilla (Odee) McGill Maier

Clara Sweetland


Yvonne Hamilton

Agnes Marchello

Althea Thompson Thacker


Carolyn Handy

Mary Muehlen Maring

Leah Saur Tompt


Eda Davidson Hansen

Jane Madson McDonald

Rachel Ann Hansen Tompt


Margarett Hektner

Sharyn Melting

Jennie Treadwell


Jane Hella

Joan Caughran "Jo" Miller

Judy Triebwasser





The YWCA operates the largest Emergency Shelter for women and children in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota and provides safe and affordable, short and long term supportive housing options for low-income women. A unique empowerment approach and comprehensive programs designed to break the cycles of poverty and violence for women and their families make the YWCA shelter the only facility of its kind in the region. In addition to safe shelter and supportive housing, programs include: children’s services, education and employment programming, a food pantry, racial justice advocacy, and a nationally accredited public childcare center, A Child’s World. 


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