Delores (Lori) Maye Gagnon

March 18, 1931 – November 10, 2022

Delores Maye Gagnon, 91, passed on November 10, 2022. Born in West Bend, Iowa to Omer and Bertha Ed- wards on March 18, 1931, Delores was the baby of twelve and last surviving. She grew up on the family farm with big brothers and a precious sister. She moved to sunny Phoenix in 1952 where she met the love of her life, Arthur E. Gagnon of Albany, NY. They were married 58 years until his death in 2011. Delores was an amazing Air Force wife as well as an outstanding civil servant for ten years.

Delores is survived by three children, James (Cathy), Gail (Steven Sprenger), and David (Laurel); eight grand- children, thirteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty; nieces, nephews, and greats in the hundreds.

In 1892, Delores’ papa, 8, arrived in America by ship from Norway. Family stories led to Delores’ passion for genealogy. She and Florence (sister) researched decades recording family A trip to Norway with siblings brought it all to life! Ole Bakken writes that Lori and her husband Art were faithful members of the Lodge in the earlier days. They supported cultural and social events and could always be depended upon to work at the Lutefisk Dinners at Benet Hill. Lori loved to socialize and tell us about her latest genealogical discoveries. She was a spirited lady with a good sense of humor. Delores will be remembered for her loving kindness and grateful heart.