Lillian Twamley

lillian twamley

Lillian passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo, surrounded by her family, at the age of 83.

Lillian was born on July 26, 1930 in New Rockford, ND, the daughter of William H. and Carlyn “Tollie” (Harding) Smith Samberg. She attended New Rockford public schools. Lillian was united in marriage to Wayne R. Twamley on October 5, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Devils Lake, ND. They made their home in New Rockford, ND until 1959 when Wayne and Lillian moved to Valley City, ND and made their home until his passing in 1989.   Lillian moved to Fargo where she has since resided.

Lillian served as the president and past district commander of the VFW Auxiliary: she took great joy as a National Cootie Clown. She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City. In 1986, she was the representative for North Dakota in the National Statue of Liberty quilt contest. She and Wayne traveled to New York to accept the award. Lillian was a very talented artistic woman and made everything from doll clothes to wedding dresses. Mom took the scraps of our lives and wove them together creating masterpieces for her family and many others.

She was a den mother of 25 years to her boys and community. Lillian loved cooking, baking and traveling. She was an avid reader who loved history, especially American History, playing games and gathering around the table with family.  Mom had a strong, quiet and abiding faith and her grace will be missed by all.

Lillian is survived by her six children - Paula (Jim) Heinze of Fargo, ND; Billie (Verne) Poppen of Bristol, Ill; Timothy W. (Karen S.) Twamley of Bella Vista, AR; Dane Twamley of Jamestown, ND; Wade Twamley of Milwaukee, WI: and Shane Twamley of Santa Ana, CA; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Ramona (Andrew) Koepplin of Fargo, ND; her sister- in- law, Mary June McLauglin of Fargo, ND; many other very dear relatives and friends.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents; an infant brother, Billy Lee Smith; and two great-grandsons.

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  1. Valley City ND
    It is Okay to be Sad. It is Okay to cry. But it is also Okay to smile and remember the good times. With sincere sympathy and caring. My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  2. Sanborn ND
    I feel so bad for all of you, and sending my deepest sympathies! I haven’t seen Lillian in years, but will always remember her and what an amazing person she was. Will never forget being back in jr. high/high school and spending so many times at your home, playing cards….(Jeff and myself there)….and what a gracious hostess and friendly nature she had. I have a card to send, but will send it to the funeral home. May God bless all of you, and help you through your grieving process. I know she will always look down on you lovingly, and thrive in a better place now.
    With my deepest condolences, and may God rest her soul.
    Kris (Matson) Youle

  3. Delta CoDear Paula, Billie, Tim, Wade, Dane, and Shane~
    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families at this time in particular. Your mom was a wonderful, quiet strength for all who knew her and certainly that strength will carry all of us through the difficult times when we miss her deeply. We are with you all in spirit.
    The Rockie Twamleys~
    Mke, Amanda, Ethan, and Ben

  4. Fessenden ND
    I am Rosie(Harding)Miska’s daughter. So sorry to hear of Lillian’s passing. Mom also talked about your side of the family. She always enjoyed visiting with all of you. I have heard many stories of the times spent together. Our prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family at this time. May God Bless You and Keep you.

  5. Fargo North Dakota
    Paula, You and the rest of your family are in my thoughts/PRAYERS at this most difficult time of sorrow.
    God Be With You all.

  6. Rapid City SDI am so sorry to hear that your mom has passed away. She was loved by so many and will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  7. Natick MAOur thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Although we didn’t get to see her often, we enjoyed out time with her and the notes and letters she would send. Aunt Lillian was an amazing woman.

    Love from the Dale family

  8. Jimie and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the presence of your loved ones during this time.

    Take care,
    Connie Rokke

  9. My condolences are with your family. May the God of comfort strengthen you. In God’s time, you will all be able to echo Job’s words addressed to the Creator: “You will call, and I myself shall answer you.” Praise be to Jehovah, who yearns to bring back to life all those who are in his memory!—Job 14:15.

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