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Lotis Floy Jackson

Lotis Floy Jackson, 87, of Colfax, Wis., formerly of Lake George, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Colfax Health and Rehab Center.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, with her nephew, the Rev. Kent Dudley officiating. A visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. The Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George will host a meal following the service. Burial will be in the Lake George Cemetery, next to her husband.

Pallbearers will be Brian Lang, Michael Sabby, Brad Lang, Frank Gross, Brody Lang and Jason Bassett.

Honorary pallbearers will be "Todd" Jackson, Troy Jackson, William Gross, Sheila Martin, LaVeda Moffit, Deidre Aramanda, Michelle Thell, Regina Gross, Melissa Gross and Cindy Gross.

She was born Sept. 12, 1921, to Royce and Mabel (Peterson) White in Carlton, Minn. As a young girl, she moved with her family to a farm in the Becida-Laporte area just south of Bemidji. She attended a country school in this area. On Oct. 1, 1942, she married Thomas Theodore "Ted" Jackson in Bemidji, just before he was shipped to the European Theatre of World War II. They had a son and four daughters.

Following the war, she and her husband moved with their young family to Forest River, N.D.

She devoted her life to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children. She was a wonderful cook and baker. They made their home in several North Dakota communities before moving to Minneapolis in 1961. In 1969, they moved to Lake George, where they built the Bushwhacker Café, which she and her husband operated until the mid-1970s.

During her life, she enjoyed picking wild berries, dancing with her husband, playing cards, baseball and bowling. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake George where she worked with the ladies circles. She was a member of several local birthday clubs. In 2001, she moved to a nursing home in Colfax, Wis.

She is survived by her son, Duane (Cindy) Jackson of Commerce City, Colo.; daughters, Deanna Anderson of Lewisville, Texas, Denise (John) Larkey of Garrison, Minn., Deborah (Larry) Stobb of Elk Mound, Wis., and Darlene Gross of St. Cloud, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandson; brothers, Carlyle, Devere and Harlan; and sisters, Floris, Arlene, Juanita and Betty.