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Lucille Wayman

May 6, 1921-Feb. 24, 2009

Lucille E. "Lukey" Wayman, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lucille Elizabeth Gerlach was born to Albert and Olga (Lundgren-Flore) Gerlach on May 6, 1921 in Fargo. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy, she attended business college in Fargo. Lucille married James Wayman on June 25, 1945. She worked as a legal secretary at a Fargo-Moorhead law office, and was a beloved secretary at Shanley High School beginning in 1964.

Lukey was known for her warm personality and sparkling sense of humor. She loved her husband and family, focused on what was good in her life and refused to complain. Lukey had a way of stealing people's hearts with her beautiful smile and her unusually upbeat attitude. She is known to her family as the "baby sister," the "Queen of Fair," the ultimate potato salad maker and the person they aspired to become.

Surviving Lucille are her son, John "Barney" (Dee) Wayman of Lake Park; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her sisters, Marion Skauge of Moorhead and Rose Moe of Grand Forks; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, James Wayman; sister, Florence "Mimi" Olson; and brothers, George, Jim and Frank "Bill" Gerlach.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 2, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m., in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Lake Park, with the Rev. Bob LaPlante officiating. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Detroit Lakes in the spring of 2009.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been serving the family. An online guestbook is available at