Mardell Erdahl


Mardell Erdahl, 91 years of age and a longtime Quinault, Washington area resident, died on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her home. She was born on September 24, 1921, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to Thomas and Emma (Bloomquist) D’Arcy.

Mardell lived in a sod house with dirt floors on the Saskatchewan prairie until she was eight and then the family moved to Saskatoon. There she also attended college where she earned her AA degree. She worked as a Stenographer for the Bank of Montreal, the Dept. of National Defense during the war and then for the Canadian Dept. of Agriculture until she married.

On December 30, 1950, Mardell was married to Richard L. Erdahl at Saskatoon. He died on October 6, 1991. Following their marriage the couple moved to the present Quinault family home.

Mardell was a substitute clerk for the Quinault Postmaster in the late 60’s. She had been a member of the Quinault Community Circle, the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Guild for many years and the Lake Quinault Cancer Group. She was also very active in the annual Lake Quinault Cancer Fund Bike Ride.

Her travels had taken her all across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Mexico and had been in every U.S. state but 4. She also visited Reno on numerous occasions.

The family enjoyed their camping trips to the Hoh River, Kalaloch and Fort Flagler. She enjoyed doing all types of crafts, jigsaw puzzles, gardening, canning and was an excellent seamstress and for numerous years she made all of their clothes. She rode the Transit bus to Aberdeen almost weekly for close to 40 years and for the past 24 years she would meet her daughter and they would go shopping and have lunch.

Mardell is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and David Cardinal of Aberdeen; her granddaughter, Ashley Cardinal of Aberdeen and numerous dear friends. Besides her husband, Richard L. Erdahl, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Thomas and Raymond D’Arcy and three sons, Richard, Lyle and Lloyd.

The family requests donations be sent to the Lake Quinault Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 686, Amanda Park or to the Lake Quinault Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 23, Amanda Park, WA 98526.

As per her request there will be no services.

Private inurnment will be held later at the Aberdeen Fern Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington.

Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.