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Luella M. Wignes

April 22, 1916-Dec. 16, 2012

December 19, 2012
Minot Daily News

Longtime Minot resident Luella Marvia (Voxland) Wignes, 96, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Columbia, S.C.

She was born April 22, 1916, to Halvor and Caroline (Klemmetson) Voxland, on a farm near McIntosh, Minn., and was the oldest of seven children. She graduated from McIntosh High School in 1933 and briefly attended both the University of North Dakota and Minot State College.

After high school, she worked at Bethany Childrens Home in Duluth, Minn., and at a hospital in Fargo. During World War II, she attended night school in order to be accepted into the Signal Corps Reserve Program at the University of North Dakota. While there, she met and married Sherwood Q. Wignes in 1943.

They moved to Minot in 1943 and she continued to live in Minot until recently, when, for health reasons, she moved to be near her children. She was a dedicated wife and loving mother to her children. For many years, she managed income property that she and her late husband purchased until retiring in the mid-80s.

She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church and over the years was active in PTA, Cub Scouts, YWCA and in the First Lutheran Church women's group, holding various offices.

Luella liked to travel, often through the Elderhostel program after retirement, and visited many states and countries. She especially enjoyed meeting interesting people on these trips.

Luella's husband preceded her in death in 1971.

She is survived by: her children, son, Ronald, of Columbia, S.C.; daughter, Cheryl (William) Simmons, of Wexford, Pa.; her sister, Jordis (Robert) Dotson, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; her brother, Jerome Voxland, of McIntosh, Minn.; her three granddaughters, Elizabeth (Kyle) Evans, of Wexford, Pa., Catherine Maples, of Lexington, S.C., Sharon Logan, of Columbia, S.C., and by her great-grandson, Taylor Loveday, of Columbia, S.C.

Arrangements are being handled by Woodridge Funeral Home of Lexington, S.C. (

Memorial service: A memorial service and interment in Minot are planned for a later date. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to cancer research such as the American Cancer Society (at or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (at



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