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Larraine Nelson

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May 22, 1928-Sept. 26, 2008

Larraine E. Nelson, 80, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.

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Larraine was born to Victor and Minnie Elsie (Peterson) Erickson on May 22, 1928 in rural Detroit Lakes. She attended Pelican Valley Grade School and Detroit Lakes High School.

Larraine received her nursing degree at Minnesota Vocational High School and Technical Institute in Minneapolis. She practiced nursing in the Minneapolis area for a short time. She married to Robert Nelson on June 21, 1952 at Richwood Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes. The couple made their home in Detroit Lakes, where Larraine worked for Red Owl and National T Foods.

Robert and Larraine moved to Wolf Point, Mont., for a few years before returning to Detroit Lakes. Upon their return, Larraine worked as a nurse for St. Mary's Hospital and at Swift & Company of Detroit Lakes and Frazee. She was a certified lifeguard and a licensed Emergency Medical Technician. In her later years, she worked as a cook for Detroit Lakes Country Club, Detroit Ski Mountain and the Sioux Pass Dude Ranch.

Larraine enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping and swimming with her family. She was also active with the First Baptist Church, the Hilltoppers Homemakers group and the Rocky Hillside 4-H Club, as a leader.

Larraine is survived by one son, Shane Nelson of Detroit Lakes: one daughter, Julie (Jon) DeKrey of Tappen, N.D.; two grandchildren; one sister, Ethel (Ronald) Duenow of Detroit Lakes; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Larraine in death were her parents; husband, Robert (2005); one son, Chan; one sister, Annabelle Anderson; and three infant brothers.

There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today Wednesday, Oct. 1, at First Baptist Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment following at Richwood Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is providing arrangements for the family. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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