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Published July 07, 2013, 12:00 AM

Merilynn A. Wilson

Former Wahpeton and Fargo resident Merilynn (Laskey) Wilson, 90, passed away surrounded by family in Port Townsend, Wash. on June 29, 2013. Born Merilynn Adair Laskey on July 30, 1922 in Minneapolis to Stanley and Sylvia Laskey, who moved to Wahpeton to operate a culvert company. Brothers Roger and Bill born; the family later moved to Fargo to operate Northwestern Equipment, today still in the Laskey family. Enjoyed summers at a cottage in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Attended Stephens College then Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., received master’s in journalism. Married fellow journalism student Bruce A. Wilson July 28, 1944. After serving in the Army Air Force, they worked for a daily paper in Williston, N.D. then purchased a weekly newspaper in Ritzville, Wash. in 1947; moving again to purchase the paper in Omak, Wash. in 1957. Raised a family of four. She helped build a library, co-founded the county historical society, helped build its museum, was college trustee, and partner with Bruce while he served in the State Senate for 16 years. After Bruce died in 1991, she moved to Port Townsend, Wash. to be near family, continuing work for social justice, supporting arts, herding the family. Preceding her: Her parents, husband Bruce, son Terry, nephew Trevor and an infant son. Surviving her: Brothers Bill Laskey of Fargo, Roger Laskey of Minneapolis; son Duff Wilson (wife Cydney Pullman) of New York, NY; son Scott Wilson (wife Jennifer) of Port Townsend, Wash.; daughter Chris (husband Bob) of Portland, Ore., and daughter-in-law Sandee Canton (husband Ed); also six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also one child and one grandchild. Service set July 28, 3 p.m., Quimper Unitarian Church, Port Townsend. In memory of nephew Trevor, donations directed to: Merilynn Wilson Fund, c/o Jefferson Mental Health, P.O. Box 565, Port Townsend,

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