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Lisa James

March 13, 1962 — September 27, 2020

Lisa Marie James

Our beloved Lisa Marie (Lokken) James, age 58, cherished daughter of Arnold

“Sonny” and Ilona (Lehto) Lokken, passed away peacefully in her home

in Keewatin, MN. Born on March 13, 1962, in Port Hueneme, CA, Lisa grew up the eldest of four siblings along the Prairie River in Balsam. At Grand

Rapids High School she excelled in debate and graduated with

the class of 1980, going on to attend St. Cloud State University. Lisa held many

jobs around the country but none that filled her with pride more than being a

mother to her two sons and grandmother to her three grandchildren. Lisa was an

adventurous soul with a deep connection to nature which she imparted to her sons.

She camped and fished from Baja to The Boundary Waters, floated the rivers of

Northern Idaho and explored the remote beaches of Northern California. Gifted

with a sharp and curious mind, Lisa was fascinated by science, technology and

literature. She had a special love for animals, creating a loving home for countless

adopted pets throughout her life. In recent years Lisa found happiness in being a

grandmother, caring for her parents and spending time with her friends and

siblings. She could often be found enjoying the beach at O’Brien Reservoir with a

book and her loyal dog Skylar by her side. Lisa’s boundless energy and light

touched everyone she ever came across and will continue to do so in perpetuity.

Lisa is survived by her parents; Arnold and Ilona of Goodland. Children; Derek

(Rachel) Smith of Chula Vista, CA and Matthew Smith of Duluth, MN. Siblings;

Larry (Chris) Lokken of Balsam, MN, Lance (Debbie) Lokken of Goodland, MN

and Lara (Rod) Pelkey of Pengilly, MN Grandchildren; Grady, Anna and Ilona

Smith of Chula Vista, CA and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other

relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Arne Lokken,

Ellen Lokken, Lillian Lehto and Bill Lehto, her uncles Bill Lehto and Ed Martin,

her aunt, Laura Lehto and cousin, Jeff Martin. A visitation will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 pm Saturday, October 10, 2020 followed

by a private family memorial.

Lisa loved animals and wished that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the


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Saturday, October 10, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Dougherty Funeral Home Hibbing

2615 1st Ave, Hibbing, MN 55746

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