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Lois Elaine Pritchard

Lois Elaine Pritchard, 88, of Osage, died Monday, April 20, 2009 in Park Rapids.

She was born May 25, 1920 in Osage Township, Becker County, to Floran and Faye Smith. She attended District 37 rural schools and Park Rapids High School, graduating in 1937. After graduation, she was employed at various positions: as clerk, waitress, nurse's aide at Wesley Hospital in Wadena, and later as manager of the Sears order office in Wadena.

She married Victor "Harold" Pritchard on Sept. 16, 1946 and they farmed for several years in the Osage vicinity. After her husband's death in 1993 she continued to live on the family farm with her son, Eugene. In 1996 she moved to River Heights Apartments and in 1999 she moved to Court Apartments in Park Rapids, where she lived until 2000 when she moved to Park Villa apartments. She was hospitalized in February of this year and then lived at Heritage Living Center from early March until her death.

She taught Sunday school class and assisted with release classes at First Baptist Church in Osage, where she was a member. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen's Club and the Bakers' Dozen Homemakers Club as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers: Dale, Doyle and Dallas; a daughter-in-law, Margie; four sons: Eugene, of Park Rapids, Charlie (Gloria), of Bentonville, Ark., David (Janet), of Plymouth, and Edward (Sandy), of Lakeville; two daughters: Dorothy (Keith) Crook, of Park Rapids, and Ruthie (Winston) Charles, of Lakeville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23 at Faith Baptist Church with Dick Jorgenson and Scott Warne officiating.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. today (Wednesday), April 22 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with a prayer service being held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also begin one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery in Osage.

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