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November 28, 1948 – Friday, April 20, 2012

Service Information
Bad River Community Center in Odanah, Wisconsin
Friday, April 27, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Bad River Community Center in Odanah, Wisconsin
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Lois Ann (Mayotte) Deragon, age 63, of Hutchinson, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World very peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on November 28, 1948 in Hayward, Wisconsin the daughter of Raymond “Rex” & Bessie LaPointe Mayotte.

She was a member of The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Lois attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Odanah and graduated from Ashland High School in 1966.

On February 25, 1967, Lois Ann Mayotte & James K. Deragon were joined in holy marriage at St. Mary’s Church in Odanah, Wisconsin. God blessed their marriage with five children.

In 1969, Lois and her husband James moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Hutchinson, Minnesota.

She attended and graduated from Ridgewater Technical College in Hutchinson where she also served as The Student Senate President.

Lois was an ordained Minister and frequently spoke at Christian Conventions. She also spent years on reconciling various Native issues here in the State of Minnesota with both Tribal and State Governments.

She enjoyed reading, writing, was an accomplished oil painter and was a great cook and baker.

Survived by her loving husband of forty five years: James K. Deragon of Hutchinson, Minnesota; five children: Deborah (Deannifer James) Deragon of Ashland, Wisconsin, Karri (Brad) Bigboy of Bad River, Wisconsin, Michael Deragon of Morris, Minnesota, Nicolas Deragon (Mariah Ralston) of Bismarck, North Dakota and Isaac Deragon (Allie Welter) of Morris, Minnesota; three grandchildren: Isaiah, Caiden and Ayanna; siblings: Rex “Bill” Mayotte of Idaho, Douglas Mayotte of DePere, Wisconsin, Edward Mayotte of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Michael Mayotte of Hancock, Michigan, Patrick Mayotte and Linda Mayotte both of Odanah, Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, a brother Warren Mayotte and by a sister: Norma Mayotte Conners.

Funeral services for Lois Ann Deragon will be held on Friday, April 27th at 11:00 a. m. at the Bad River Community Center in Odanah, Wisconsin.

Interment will follow at Odanah Cemetery on the Bad River Reservation.

A wake will be held on Thursday, April 26th beginning at 5:00 P.M. at the Community Center.

Firekeeper will be Andrew Mayotte.

Casket Bearers will be Josh Bender, Zach Bender, Ben Conners, Frank Conners, Jacob Deragon, Jon Filteau, James Mayotte and Tom Mayotte.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Fern M. Cloud

    I am going to miss my dear sister and friend, Lois.

  2. Gerry and Linda Moss

    Lois is with her friend, Jesus. Your hearts and our hearts, the ones here on the land, feel the pain of the loss of a special person. May the Shalom peace of the Great Spirit surround and comfort you with His Shalom peace.

  3. Charlotte Laxen

    Lois wrote me many encouraging words and taught me many things. The things I remember most was her writing on God’s will-permissive vs perfect and the time she and Jim came and prayed over my land. She is now living in His perfect will and presence. I am so thankful to have known her-even briefly. Bless you all!

  4. Susan Marco

    Mike, Nick, and Isaac; I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I often think about you guys (and your interesting sense of humor) so I was so surprised to see that your mother had passed. From all of my conversations with your mother, she came across as a woman of passion, spirit, and knowledge. My heart is with you and yours right now. Take care,
    Susan Marco


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