Björnsdóttir - Born May 25, 1883.
obituary appeared in Löberg Heimskringla, on Thursday, January 28, 1971.
Guðrún Hallson of Eriksdale
Hallson, the wife of Ólafur Hallson, formerly a storekeeper in Eriksdale, passed
away on the 22nd of December, 1970 in Selkirk, Manitoba. Her passing has deprived all who knew her of
a greatly respected woman.
has its cornerstones in three or four countries, and her group of friends grew
bigger every year. When one considers
how attentive Guðrún was to her relatives and how exceptionally loyal she was
to her friends, there is no doubt that the grief, that always accompanies the
death of good people, will be felt by many more than just her close relatives.
Guðrún was born
and brought up in Iceland, and it was there, in the year 1907, that she and
Ólafur were married. The cradle was in
Iceland, but she spent most of her life in Canada, and it is there, and in the
United States, that their descendants now live.
Guðrún and Ólafur
did not lack means when they got married, and their union lasted for more than
sixty years. Many commented on how
lucky they both were. As the saying
goes: "We are the creators of our own good fortune," and one can cite
these words, when speaking of Ólafur and Guðrún. Certainly they were lucky, but the shape and the direction of
their lives was influenced by their virtue and attitude. Innate characteristics are of course very
important, particularly the ability to recognize things concerned with good
fortune, and the refusal to let outward appearance and preference cloud one's
vision. Both these qualities
characterized Guðrún to a large extent.
As a result, she found the right path in life, and her descendants can
safely follow in her footsteps.
was born on May 25, 1883. Her parents
were Björn Ivarsson, a farmer from Vaõ in Skriõdalur, and Ingibjörg
Bjarnadóttir from Viðfjörður, one of the many Viðfirðasystkini (siblings
from Viðfjörður). Her origins
influenced her intelligence and the understanding of all the things she came
across, and all that which she said was shaped by her clear thought. Guðrún cared deeply about education and
culture, and became well-read and knowledgeable. She was also very active and sociable, and for a long time to
come, the areas around Eriksdale will bear signs of her work. But she will be best remembered as a wife
and mother, who ran a large household, where hospitality and generosity had a
place of honour.
In an article
that Guðrún wrote, shortly before her death, she mentioned that it had been
difficult for her to move away from relatives, and the home of her youth, in
Iceland. These words demonstrate her
loyalty and attachment to her family,
but one must not forget, that in Canada, Guðrún was able to plant her
Icelandic loyalty and family attachment; thus, in the above mentioned article,
she says that Eriksdale is the place where she is happy to engage upon the long
rest. When Guðrún wrote these words,
that rest was not far off. Now she has
moved home to Eriksdale for good. Her
grave is there; not a large piece of land, but well kept. Then there is the other piece of soil that
Guðrún tended to and harvested all of her life, and it reaches far beyond
Eriksdale's borders; clear across Canada to the United States and to Iceland.
survived by her husband and their children: Ólafur, retired storekeeper from
Eriksdale, presently of Selkirk; Ingibjörg (Mrs. Harry McGlynn) of Winnipeg;
Kristjana (Mrs. Bergsteinsson) of California; and Gyða (Mrs. George Ryckman) of
Stony Mountain, Manitoba. There are 14
grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.