Lillian Anderson

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Lillian M. Anderson, 89, West Fargo, formerly Kindred, ND, passed away Monday, October 3, 2011 in Sheyenne Crossing Care Center, West Fargo, ND.

Lillian was born on June 28th, 1922 in Fargo, ND, and grew up and attended school in Wyndmere and Kindred, ND, graduating from Kindred High School in 1940. She then worked for Armour and Co. and Welu Dental Labs, both of Fargo. Lillian married Melvin O. Anderson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN on March 17th, 1945. During WWII, Lillian helped the war effort by working at a Portland, OR, shipyard. In addition to helping with the family farm at Kindred, Lillian spent several winters with Melvin and her 2 sons, Michael and Steven, working in Portland, OR.

Lillian loved spending weekend time at MN lakes in the summers and traveling west to California, Arizona, and Nevada in the winters. She was very active at Norman Lutheran Church, Kindred, teaching Sunday school, singing in choir, preparing and serving many meals, serving on boards and chaperoning Luther League events, including a bus trip to the National Luther League Convention in Detroit, MI.

Melvin and Lillian lived on the farm at Kindred until the fall of 2008 when they moved to West Fargo, ND. She is survived by her husband of 66 ½ years, Melvin; her sons, Michael (Sharon), Phoenix, AZ; Steven (Christa), Moorhead, MN; grandchildren, Ryan Anderson, Portland, OR; Aaron (Jenny Untiedt) Anderson, Paradise Valley, AZ; Courtney (Nate) Buth, Fargo, ND; Allison Lesmeister, Pasadena, CA; great-grandchildren, Garrett Anderson (Ryan) and Brynn Anderson (Aaron); nieces and nephews; Nancy (Jerry) Winters, Portland, OR, and Robert Ballestad, West Fargo, ND. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerda and Martin Engen, step-brother Harold Engen and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Anita and Luther Ballestad.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Dear Melvin and Family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. May good richly bless and keep you near to Him now and forever. Praised be Jesus Christ. Randy and Ruby Naslund

  2. My thoughts and prayers to you Melvin and your family. When I think of Lillian, I think of her smile. I’m so glad I got the chance to see you both in the previous months.

  3. Marshall MN
    Bonnie, Kyle (11), Blake (9), and I would like to extend our sympathy to the Anderson Family. Anderson’s were our neighbors on the farm to the south – it was always a treat to go over and visit. We could not have had better neighbors while growing up! Lots of good memories. Take care.
    Brian Kruse

  4. Aliso Viejo CAI have known Melvin & Lillian for some years thru Bob and family. I did get a chance to see Lillian this past summer. Very frail at the time. May she rest in peace. Sympathies to the family.

  5. Lisbon ND
    Our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. My parents, George & Verna Kiefer, want to say that they will miss eating their meals with Lillian and the company of Melvin throughout the day.

    With Sympathy – George & Verna Kiefer and Family

  6. Fargo ND
    Our sympathy to Lillian’s family. Melvin and Lillian’s farm was only a mile and a half from my home farm. We also attended Norman Lutheran Church together. We remember her spirit and smile. We are sorry not to be able to atted her funeral. Roger & June Johnson

  7. West Fargo ND
    Mick & Sharon, We are sorry for your loss. Now that Lillian is in God’s hands, she will no longer have pain and suffering. I’ll alway think of her as she was , the year we shared an early Thankgiving with you on the farm , shortly after you were married. May God be with you and your family. Rene’ & Darryl

  8. mesa azI remember Melvin and Lillian when we lived in Kindred. we moved away in 1964 but I remember both of them and the good times we had together.
    God Bless.
    Elvina (Peterson) Morgel

  9. Eagle IDYour Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Gr Grandmother was a very special lady and will be sadly missed. I always felt so welcomed by her and looked forward to her yearly Christmas letter.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sorry I won’t be able to travel to Fargo for the services but will be with you in spirit.

    Alice Marie

  10. Black Butte Ranch OregonLillian made a special effort to stay in touch with my sisters and me all through the years. We will never forget Lillian and Melvin’s loving hospitality at their farm home in Fargo when the five Robertson sisters and brother Gene took the train from Seattle to visit our Aunties and cousins in North Dakota
    . Lillian was a special lady and we will miss her. My love and Blessings to Melvin and all the family.

    June Robertson Duvall

  11. We are so sorry for your loss of dear wife and mother, Lillian. We pray that she will be at peace now and that you all will treasure the wonderful memories from your many, many happy years together.

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