Lulu I. Wilson, 95, Grangeville

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Lulu Wilson of Grangeville passed away Monday, April 14, 2008, at the Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 95 years old.

She was born Dec. 23, 1912, on a ranch outside of Grangeville, to William and Eva Manring, the youngest of 10 children.

Lulu attended school in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Grangeville. After school she went to Lewiston and worked as a diet kitchen worker at St. Joseph's Hospital. During the Depression, she moved back home to help her parents with their ranch. After leaving the ranch, she worked as a nurse at the Dysard Hospital in Grangeville and in the early 1970s, she was a cook at the Grangeville High School.

Lulu met Darrell Wilson at a dance in Mount Idaho in 1938. They were married on July 8, 1939, and were together for 45 years until Darrell's death in 1984. In June 1940, they had their only child, Earl. Earl brought a lot of joy to their lives and it was a difficult time for Darrell and Lu when he died with 90 other miners in the Sunshine Mine Fire at Kellogg, Idaho, in May of 1972.

Lulu was a member of the Grangeville Christian Church. She participated in CFW for many years and taught Sunday school classes for the younger kids. Lulu and her sister Nellie started the Sunshine Club in the 1960s. The purpose of this club was to get together at the nursing home in Grangeville each month and celebrate birthdays of the residents and share a time of worship.

Survivors include her sister, Marjorie Hindman of Grangeville; granddaughter, Sandra and Ed Aiken of Grangeville; great-grandchildren, Dace, Ashley and Taren Nuxoll of Lewiston, Ryan Nuxoll of Grangeville, Michaela Nuxoll of Lewiston; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, at the Grangeville Christian Church, with Pastor Harold Gott officiating. Inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. June 7, at the Mount Idaho Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

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