Minerva Paige, 69, Minot, was reunited with Westlie, the love of her life, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Minerva was born Nov. 24, 1943, in Crystal City, Texas, to Jose and Guadalupe Garcia. Minerva's grandmother, whose name was also Guadalupe, spent a lot of time with Minerva while she was growing up. Minerva was raised and educated in Hysham, Mont. After graduating from high school, she attended nursing school.
In 1964, she met her life partner, Westlie R. Paige. They were joined in marriage on Dec. 29, 1965, in Miles City, Mont., in a large Catholic wedding. Westlie's job of building power lines for Vicars and for Boehning and Larson took them to various cities in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. In 1978, the family moved permanently to Minot. After 42 plus years of marriage, Westlie passed on April 29, 2008.
Westlie and Minerva's greatest achievements were their children. Linde L. Paige, who is the Program Administrator at Central Michigan University at Minot Air Force Base, was born in Bismarck; Rita K. Paige was born in Ransom, Kan.; and Charles A. Paige was born in Dickinson.
Minerva was a creative and inventive person way before her time. Minerva would tape record herself reading Dr. Seuss books so that her children could listen to "books on tape" while she drove the pilot vehicle as Westlie moved the mobile home from place to place. After the family moved to Minot in 1978, Minerva opened up the famous Paige's Figurama. Minerva involved her children in the business by having them count money and check in members. Minerva later opened up a consignment store, children's day care, an adult day care and a hair salon. Minerva's true passion was accounting, tax preparing, and law as a paralegal. She had owned and operated her own tax business, AccounTax Inc., since the early 1990s.
Minerva was a judge in numerous beauty pageants. In the 1980s, Minerva became the director for the Miss North Dakota and the Mrs. North Dakota pageants. She traveled to the Miss USA and Mrs. USA pageants. Minerva's leisure travels took her to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Miami, and many other fun places. She always wanted to go to San Padre Islands in Texas and Cancun so now she can go anytime. She can also meet her favorite singer Elvis.
Minerva was involved in numerous functions throughout the City of Minot for many years. Minerva was always heading up committees for functions and events. Minerva was once a member of ABWA and most recently a member of the Moose Lodge. She also offered assistance to the Souris River Basin Transportation and the Minot Commission on Aging Parker Senior Center.
Minerva knew how to command a room. For Westlie's memorial service, she took center stage and spoke about their life. Minerva was a strong, confident, and independent lady who made a strong presence anywhere she arrived. Minerva invested time with each person she touched. Minerva would buy McDonald's gift certificates for many of her pseudo grandchildren for birthdays, Halloween, and Christmas. She was known as Mama Paige or Grandma Paige to everyone.
Since the 2011 Minot flood, Minerva had continued operating AccounTax Inc. from her home. Minerva became known as the "Traveling Tax Lady." She would meet her clients at eating establishments, parking lots or even drive to many surrounding towns to bring paperwork to her clients. She was a fast driving, fast talking, fast walking little lady.
Those who shared in her life: daughters, Linde L. Paige and Rita K. Paige, and son, Charles A. Paige, all of Minot; brothers, Joe Garcia, Waxahachie, Texas, Robert (Lynn) and Roy (Dee) Garcia, Palmyra, Wis.; sisters, Mary Orona, Palmyra; Elsie Bustos, of California; brothers-in-law, Darol Paige, of Colorado; Kenny Paige, of South Dakota; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and her special friend and dance partner, Don Linnertz.
Minerva was preceded in death by: her husband, Westlie R. Paige; her parents, Jose and Guadalupe Garcia; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Ruth Paige; and sister-in-law, Ruby Paige.
Celebration of Minerva's Life: Friday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register book Friday from 10 a.m. to service time at the church. At the wishes of Minerva, cremation has taken place.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Minerva expressed donations be made to the Souris River Basin Transportation in Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Minerva may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)