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A ceremony full of heart: new Valentine Royalty crowned at Perham Living

Perham Living's new Valentine Royalty for 2017 were crowned in a special ceremony on Feb. 9. They are, from left to right: Willis and Evelyn Mollins, Henry and Gladys Ramus, and Bernie Nundahl and Lucy Brasel. Marie Johnson/FOCUS

New royalty are reigning at Perham Living.

In a balloon-filled ceremony at the nursing home last Thursday, six residents representing each of Perham Living’s houses were crowned as 2017 Valentine Royalty.

The ceremony is sponsored each year by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, local Court St. Rita. Royalty are chosen by Perham Living residents, staff, friends and family.

Kindergarten students from St. Henry's Area School presented the royalty with their crowns and tiaras on heart-shaped pillows. Pink and red heart-shaped decorations adorned Perham Living’s Town Center, where the ceremony was held.

Read on for more information about each of the three new kings and three new queens at Perham Living.

Gladys Ramus, Prairie Knoll queen

A Perham native and 1951 Perham High School graduate, Gladys and her husband, Henry, did a lot of traveling through the U.S. with their two children before moving to Perham Living in 2016. Gladys was previously employed at a sewing shop in Portland, Ore., where she made bedspreads. Today, she enjoys embroidering and crocheting, as well as playing bingo, spending time with Henry and attending church and history trivia events.

Henry Ramus, Pine Harbor king

Henry, or ‘Hank,’ as he’s better known, was born in Vancouver, Wash., in 1933. After serving in the Navy, he met his wife, Gladys, on a Greyhound bus. They were married in 1957 and have two children. Hank worked at a paper mill on the west coast before he and Gladys moved to Perham Living. He enjoys bowling, chair yoga, trivia, watching sports and listening to country music.

Lucy Brasel, Burlington queen

Lucy’s favorite thing to do is visit -- with anyone and everyone. She loves to laugh and have fun, and she makes friends quickly and easily. A native of Leaf River, Minn., she was born in her family’s home there in 1915, making her 102 years old this year. She met her husband, Edward, while he was playing the violin at a family wedding, and they had one son together.

Bernie Nundahl, Harvest Glen king

Bernie was born in Madelia, Minn, in 1927. He and his family owned the Phillips 66 gas station in Perham for many years. Bernie also spent three years in the Navy. He loves to read Louis L’Amour books, fish, play dominoes, bingo and cards, and go to parties. He has seven children. He moved to Harvest Glen in 2015.

Evelyn Mollins, Timber Grove queen

‘Evie,’ as she is often called, was born in Galesburg, N.D. in 1927. She has worked as a cook for a nursing and veterans home, and has traveled to California, Colorado, the Black Hills and Seattle, Wash., where she attended the 1960 World’s Fair. She and her husband, Willis, have three children. Evie loves to spend time at the lake with her family and also enjoys Dairy Queen onion rings, shopping, arts and crafts, bingo, sing-alongs, coffee, and spending time with Willis.

Willis Mollins, Prairie Knoll king

Willis was born in Page, N.D. in 1921, and spent the next 35 years there as a student and then an over-the-road trucker and grain elevator worker. He has travelled to many of the U.S. states as well as six Canadian provinces. At Prairie Knoll, where he has resided since 2016, he is most often found by the bird aviary or at Timber Grove, visiting with his wife, Evie, and other family members. He attends monthly household council meetings and enjoys book club, coffee time, trivia and bible study.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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