Ardis Mae Teegarden, 84, went home to our heavenly father Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Ardis was known by many as “The Cake Lady.” She established Teegarden Cake & Party Supplies in 1972, running it until her later years. Her artistic talent for cake decorating and her ability to design unique, one-of-a-kind specialty cake toppers helped many others acquire treasured family memories for over 40 years. Ardis also passed on her skill as a professional cake decorator by teaching students at many sites in and around the surrounding counties. Her amazing smile warmed the hearts of all she met.

While Ardis enjoyed her job, which was also her hobby, her first love was always her family and spending time with them. All her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the main characters in the stories she shared. She adored them all.

Ardis met Levi Joy Teegarden, “the country kid,” on the dance floor at the 400 Club. It was love at first sight. They were married Aug. 8, 1952, and that dance of love continued for over 65 years. Their love for each other was visibly evident to all they met. They set the standard for every generation to follow about what the definition of husband and wife really meant.

She is survived by her husband, the love of her life, Levi Joy Teegarden; her children, Cindy Teegarden Klatt (Bob Meyer) Rick (Deb) Teegarden, Lori Teegarden; and Kristi Binkley, a “special person whom she thought of as her daughter;” her sister, Irene Robinson; and Ardie’s sister-in-law, Jane Orfgen. Ardis and Joy have been blessed with 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a very special pure white cat named Angel.

She was preceded in death by one son, Levi Doreen; her parents, Leonard and Della Orfgen; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Levi and Julia Teegarden; stepmother, Georgia Orfgen; brothers, Don and Lynn Orfgen; sisters-in-law, Minda Peterson-Nazier, Mary Orfgen and Mildred Teegarden; brothers-in-law, Bob Robinson, Leroy Teegarden, and Erling Peterson.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie will be handling the arrangements, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The funeral service will be held at Olson Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mike Shay will officiate. The burial will be in the Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County following the funeral service, with a luncheon to follow at the Village Hall in Knapp.

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