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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