The funeral service for Lois Nicholson of Wadena, was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, at the Wadena Alliance Church with Pastor Vaughn White presiding.
Lois Marcia Nicholson, age 95, peacefully went to her Heavenly Father early Monday morning on January 22, 2018, after a long battle with dementia. Lois was in the care of Inga's Place in rural Wadena, MN, where she lived for 5 years.
Lois was born November 5, 1922, to Walter Baird and Mildred Ona (Canon) Gunn near Clarissa, MN. When Lois and her twin brother, Loren, were born they were kept warm in small shoe boxes on the oven door. The twins resided in Wadena all their lives and recently celebrated their 95th birthdays, the last of many sweet celebrations.
Lois married Raymond K. Nicholson on May 12, 1943, at the Gunn home in Otter Tail County. After Ray returned from the Army during WWII, they lived together nearly 70 years in their home on the Bee Ranch on the east side of Wadena. With Ray, Lois raised five children, was a wonderful mother and homemaker, and was a partner in the honey business.
Lois briefly attended nursing training at Wesley Hospital, went to California to be a "Rosie the Riveter" during the war, then returned to Wadena to marry and begin her beloved profession of being a mom to her blessed children. She loved sewing and crocheting and did embroidery even to her last days. She professionally decorated cakes and enjoyed baking, cooking and preparing jelly and putting up food for other seasons. Lois often cooked a wonderful "Sunday dinner" and entertained friends, family and visiting missionaries. Ray and Lois were active in many activities at the Wadena Alliance Church where she taught Sunday School and VBS. She was active in Christian Women's Bible Study and attended many bee meetings and conventions with Ray. She spent many years on the Minnesota Honey Queen committee for the Minnesota Beekeepers Association. Lois had a strong faith, prayed daily for all of her family and many missionaries and ministries. In one's life there are only a few people who love you unconditionally and Lois gave that sweetest, life-affecting love to her family.
Lois is preceded in death by her husband Ray on December 3, 2016 after 73 years of marriage; her mother and father Walter and Mildred Gunn; her beloved Aunt Blossom; brothers Ronald and Tony Gunn; sister Nelma Gunn Rowe; and son-in-law Joe Koranda.
Lois is survived by her children, son Daniel Ray (Jan) Nicholson of Woodland Park, Colorado; daughters Diane Lois Koranda of Alexandria, Janet Joy (Roddy) Sams of Staples, Sally Rose Nicholson of Elk River and Ronda Ruth (Jim) Stumbo of Helena Montana; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; twin brother Loren of Wadena; sister Viola Horner of Sauk Rapids; brother-in-law David Nicholson of Anoka; sisters-in-law Florence Peterson of Randolph, WI and Verna Nicholson of Minneapolis; along with many nieces and nephews and friends.
Honorary Pallbearers were her granddaughters Emily, Marnie, Chanda, Sarita, Marcia and Amy, her great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter. Active pallbearers were her grandsons Lief Noll, Anders Nicholson, Soren Nicholson, Brian Sams, Jamison Cockerham, Ken Cockerham, Nick Stumbo and Andy Stumbo.
Burial was in the Leaf River Cemetery, Wadena, MN.
The family wishes to express much gratitude to Inga's for the wonderful care Mom received, especially to Karla and Darlene.
Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)