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Lois (Hjelseth) Wescom peacefully passed away at her home on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the age of 98.

Lois Graham was born October 19, 1922 in Foster County. She was the daughter of William and Lottie (Gilbertson) Graham. Lois grew up on a farm near Grace City, ND, and attended Grace City school for her elementary and high school education. She graduated high school in 1940, she attended Mayville State Teachers College in 1940-41. She taught rural schools in Foster and Eddy County for 3 years.

On October 19, 1944, she was united in marriage to Eilert Hjelseth. They farmed in Nordmore township. Until Eilert’s death in 1979.

In 1966 she became manager of a Montgomery Ward catalog store in Carrington. On 1967 she began working at Carrington Health Center in the Medical Record Department and continued working there until her retirement in October 1987.

She was a member of the Kvernes Lutheran Church and over the years served as Sunday School Teacher, choir director and part time organist after moving into Carrington following Eilert’s death she transferred her membership to Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1993, she married Delbert Wescom, they spent several winters in Florence, Arizona. Delbert passed away in 2012.

She is survived by her four children, Joy Cellmer (Rod) Plainville, Kansas. Lynn Hjelseth, Carrington, ND, Jeffrey (Jean) Hjelseth, Case Grande, AZ, Joel (Debbie) Hjelseth, Chattanooga, TN. Two step daughters; Carol (Lloyd) Winjiue, Jamestown, ND, and Beverly Ruetter Pingree, ND. 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s Eilert and Delbert, two brothers Wallace and Arthur Graham and one sister Gladys Anderson.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations and memorials to go to the American Diabetes Association, Carrington Cemetery, or the Kvernes Cemetery Foundations.

Lois’ Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10:30AM at Kvernes Lutheran Cemetery, rural Carrington.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Linda and I would like to offer our deepest condolences to Lois family. She was a wonderful person, we enjoyed her senses of humor and quick wit. When ever we saw Lois in the past I would always remind her she was the prettiest girl at the dance it would put a smile on her face. John and Linda Niess

  2. Lois was a wonderful friend to our family from the day we moved to Carrington. Her kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered. Enjoyed ladies aid with Lois and different events at the senior center. Our deepest sympathy to her families. Roger and Linda Lauckner

  3. Lois, I’m so pleased to have attended your ninetieth birthday celebration in 2012. (Yes, I suspect that you are reading this from the Other Side.) Thanks, again, for the many times you made the extra effort to make sure I was included in so many special and fun activities with your kids. As your family and friends now gather to celebrate your life, there will be many laughs mixed among the tears. You have influenced many in a good way.

    John Nymoen (nephew)

  4. Remember visiting the farm as a child. Later in life when I came back to the Carrington area and would meet Lois on the street, she always had a smile and time to talk.
    Sure Mom was in heaven waiting to talk with her again.
    Condolences to the family.

  5. What a fun lady. We laughed a lot when I worked with her at the Carrington Hospital. She was always just a little mischievous. Condolences to all the family. You will be blessed forever with great memories of your mom.

  6. The Indergaard family was saddened to hear of the loss another member of our Kvernes Family. Lois was always warm and welcoming. (And that sweet, sweet smile of hers.) I was blessed to also be a part of Lois’s Trinity Family, where after exchanging a few pleasantries with her you always left her feeling better. What a gift! May your many wonderful memories bring you comfort!

  7. I remember Lois always having a big hug for me and a smile on her face at family gatherings. She will be missed!


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