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Alice Gramm

Dec. 24, 1911-Aug. 11, 2009

Alice L. Gramm, of 97, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Alice Louise Phillips was born to Guy and Maisie (Talbert) Phillips on Dec. 24, 1911 in Pelican Rapids, and was a 1931 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School. Following graduation, she attended Mayville State Teachers College in Mayville, N.D., for a year. Alice married Ralph Paulson on Jan. 28, 1933 in Pelican Rapids. To this union were born five children: Loren, Donald, Lyle, Faye and James.

The Paulsons moved to the John Matson farm, three miles east of Pelican Rapids, where they lived until the death of Ralph in 1982. In the years 1953-58, Alice worked as a nurse's aide at the Pelican Valley Hospital in Pelican Rapids. She returned to Mayville State College, 1959-60, and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1962.

Alice taught in Sarles, N.D., and Osakis, Minn., prior to accepting the position of elementary librarian for the Detroit Lakes Public Schools in 1967. In June 1974, she resigned her librarian position and she and Ralph left on an 18-month mission to San Diego, Calif., for the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where they acted as guides in the Morman Batallion Visitors Center.

Following Ralph's death, Alice worked as a live-in companion to a lady in Santa Barbara, Calif., for several months. She returned to Pelican Rapids for a short time and accepted a similar position with Mrs. Dagney Lund in Detroit Lakes, before meeting Ed Gramm and and marrying him on Nov. 13, 1987 in Detroit Lakes.

Alice worked as director of the Family History Center in the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 18 years. Her church callings were as follows: president of Women's Relief Society, Meeting House librarian, adult Sunday school teacher and director of the Family History Center (genealogy).

Surviving Alice are her children, Loren (Dora) Paulson of Corpus Christi, Texas, Donald (Carolyn) Paulson of Santa Barbara, Calif., Lyle (Connie) Paulson of Detroit Lakes, Faye Jones of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jim (Patricia) Paulson of Pelican Rapids; 19 grandchildren; and 80-plus great grandchildren.

Preceding Alice in death were her husbands, Ralph Paulson and Ed Gramm; a sister, Edith; and a brother, Leonard.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Detroit Lakes. Friends may call on hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Interment will be in the Scambler Cemetery, rural Pelican Rapids. The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.

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