Lois Nicholson

Lois Marcia Nicholson,  95, passed away January 22, 2018, after a long battle with dementia, in the care of Inga’s Place, Wadena where she resided for over five years.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27, at the Wadena Alliance Church with Pastor Vaughn White officiating. 

Burial was in the Leaf River Cemetery, Wadena.

Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes, Wadena.

Lois and twin brother Loren, were born November 5, 1922, to Walter Baird and Mildred Ona (Canon) Gunn near Clarissa. Lois attended nurses training at Wesley Hospital in Wadena, before going to California to work as “Rosie the Riveter” during the war, then returning to Wadena. She married Raymond K. Nicholson on May 12, 1943, at her family home in Otter Tail County. After Ray returned from serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, they made their home for nearly 70 years on the Bee Ranch, Wadena. Lois was a homemaker, a partner in the honey business, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering, professionally decorating cakes, cooking and making jelly. Lois taught Sunday School and VBS at the Wadena Alliance Church and belonged to Christian Women’s Bible Study. She attended bee meetings, conventions with Ray and was a member of the Minnesota Honey Queen committee for the Minnesota Beekeepers Association.

Lois is survived by one son, Daniel Ray (Jan) Nicholson; Woodland Park, Colorado; four daughters Diane Lois Koranda; Alexandria, Janet Joy (Roddy) Sams; Staples, Sally Rose Nicholson; Elk River and Ronda Ruth (Jim) Stumbo; Helena Montana; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; twin brother, Loren, of Wadena;  one sister, Viola Horner; Sauk Rapids; one brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband  of 73 years; parents; Aunt Blossom; two brothers, Ronald and Tony Gunn; one sister Nelma Gunn Rowe and one son-in-law, Joe Koranda.

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