Lois B. Sande, 84, a lifelong Williston resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Her funeral will be celebrated Saturday morning, Sept. 7, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at Faith United Methodist Church in Williston. Rev. Mark Britton will officiate and interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Williston.
Lois was born to Russell V. and Amelia (Morin) McNary in Buford, on May 22, 1929. She attended school in Buford until the family moved to Williston, where she continued her education.
She married Norman L. Sande on Dec. 6, 1947, in Sidney, Mont. They made their home in Williston except for a short time spent in San Diego, Calif., where Norman was stationed with the Navy.
Lois was a housewife until their daughter started college. At that time Lois went to work for Montgomery Ward, and later took a job in home health care with Williams County Social Services. Norman passed away in November 1989 and Lois continued to work until her retirement in 1991.
She enjoyed reading, playing cards, puzzles, and watching the NBA. Lois kept a family history, recording birth dates and deaths of family members for the past several years. She had been a member of Faith United Methodist Church since 1954.
Lois will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She loved her two grandsons and cared for them both while they attended Williston State College.
Lois is survived by: her daughter, Gail Ann Hjelmstad, and her husband, Terry, of Minot; two grandsons, Tracy (Jackie) Hjelmstad, of Edmond, Okla., and Travis Russell Hjelmstad and Cassidy Kersten, of Minot; four great-grandchildren, Lauren, Carter, Avery, and Trajan; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; her parents, Russell and Amelia McNary; her special uncle, Clifford McNary; and her two brothers, Harold and Kenneth (infant).
Friends may visit (www.eversonfh.com) to share remembrances of Lois or leave condolences with the family. Friends may also call at the Everson Funeral Home of Williston Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and at the church on Saturday for the hour preceding the funeral.
The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.