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Mary Ann Raye

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Mary Ann Raye, 69, Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D.

Mary Ann was born on Feb. 27, 1939, to Bennie and Annie (Hanson) Wolden in Audubon. She was raised and educated in Audubon, graduating from Audubon High School in 1957. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Lyle Johnson on March 12, 1957, in Sisseton, S.D. They made their home in Audubon for a short time before moving to Willmar, Minn. They returned to Detroit Lakes in 1962. She worked at the VFW as a waitress for 40 years, a CNA at Emmanuel Community for 22 years and at the time of her death, she was working as a CNA at Lincoln Park. Mary Ann was always willing to lend a helping hand to others, whether at work or a neighbor. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family; her specialty was Special K bars, chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. She always loved her coffee and always had a pot available to share with others. Mary Ann enjoyed the time spent with Duane, her family and especially her grandchildren.

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She is survived by a daughter, Joni Johnson (Steve Suter), Detroit Lakes; sons, Terry Johnson, Artesia, N.M., Greg (Etholina) Johnson, Artesia, Dean (Irene) Johnson, Detroit Lakes, Sherlyn Johnson, Detroit Lakes; seven grandchildren; special friend, Duane Eilertson; two brothers, Dennis (Lillian) Wolden, Minneapolis, Richard (Donna) Wolden, Hastings; a sister, Laverne Nordgulen, Mesa, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Howard Wolden; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Wolden, and a brother-in-law, Harris Nordgulen.

Funeral services are Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Dan Babine officiating. Casketbearers are Travis Stanton, Justin Stanton, Ryan Johnson, Lindsey Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Dillon Johnson and Blake Johnson.

Visitation is Sunday, June 1, from 4-6 p.m., with a prayer service at 6, in West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Internment is in First Lutheran Cemetery, Audubon.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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