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Published October 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

Lucy Bridgeford

Lucille Mae Bridgeford Lucy died quietly and at peace at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, on October 10, 2013, of complications related to leukemia. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Funeral Home, 2600 19th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN on October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am.

Lucy was born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, on May 2, 1928 to Frank and Matilda Johnson. She grew up in North Dakota and Wisconsin, where her father farmed and worked for the Great Northern Railroad. Her family settled in Breckenridge, Minnesota, where she graduated from Breckenridge High School and earned a secretarial diploma at Wahpeton Science School.

Lucy Bridgeford

Lucille Mae Bridgeford Lucy died quietly and at peace at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, on October 10, 2013, of complications related to leukemia. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Funeral Home, 2600 19th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN on October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am.

Lucy was born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, on May 2, 1928 to Frank and Matilda Johnson. She grew up in North Dakota and Wisconsin, where her father farmed and worked for the Great Northern Railroad. Her family settled in Breckenridge, Minnesota, where she graduated from Breckenridge High School and earned a secretarial diploma at Wahpeton Science School.

Lucy earned an Associate of Arts degree from Moorhead Technical Institute in graphic art and worked for many years in the Fargo/Moorhead Area as a commercial artist. After retirement, she moved to the Twin Cities, where she continued to develop her artistic talent in the media of watercolor. Her watercolor floral and landscape paintings have been displayed throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Recently, Lucy undertook the writing of a memoir about her childhood entitled, Snapshots in Time. Lucy wrote the text of the book and also drew pen and watercolor illustrations for the book that features short stories about her childhood.

Lucy was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, in North Dakota. She was the descendent of French and Scottish fur trappers and the Ojibwe M├ętis buffalo chief Jean Baptiste Wilkie, as well as other Ojibwe and Assiniboine men and women who played significant roles in the early history of both Canada and the United States. Her spirit name was Waabiikookwe (Dreamer Woman). It was her longstanding practice to ask her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren each morning, "What did you dream?"

Lucy is survived by her four children - Sandra Wolf, James Wolfgram, Ronald Wolfgram, and Brian Wolfgram (Liz), three grandchildren - Nicole Ewing, Marc duCharme, and Kali Wolfgram, four great-grandchildren - Joe and Jack Ewing, and Louis and Aiden duCharme, niece and nephews Scott, Chris, and Nancy Kilber, and her sister, Martine Mizwa. Lucy was preceded in death by two husbands, Bill Wolfgram and Jack Bridgeford, and two siblings, Bruce Johnson and Phyllis Johnson, and a nephew, Steve Soper.

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