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 Lillie Olivia <I>Swenson</I> Melbostad

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Lillie Olivia Swenson Melbostad

  • Birth 30 Jan 1904 Gardner, Cass County, North Dakota, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 2009 Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA
  • Burial Gardner, Cass County, North Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 39293451

Lillie O. Melbostad, 105, Moorhead, MN, formerly of Gardner, ND, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, in the Villa Maria, Fargo, ND.

Lillie Olivia Swenson was born January 30, 1904, to Nels and Carrie (Berg) Swenson at their farm home in rural Gardner. She attended rural Pleasant Valley School District 61 and was baptized and confirmed at Nora Lutheran Church.

On October 19, 1928, Lillie married Leland Melbostad in Moorhead and they made their home on a farm east of Perley. They moved for a short time to San Diego, CA, where they both worked in a canning factory. They then returned to Gardner where they farmed for many years.

On January 8, 1988, Leland died and Lillie continued to make her home in Gardner until she moved to the Fairmont, Moorhead, at the age of 102.

Lillie was an avid gardener and she enjoyed playing cards and piano, painting, and the fellowship of good friends. She regularly attended her great-grandsons', the Bjerke Boys, races and was their biggest fan. Lillie loved life and was proud of her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Marlys (Morris) Nedrebo; two granddaughters, Maureen (Wayne) Bjerke and Loree (Ron) Fettig; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Visitaton: Wednesday from 6-8 PM, Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

Funeral: Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 2 PM, Nora Lutheran Church, Gardner.

Burial: Nora Lutheran Cemetery, Gardner.


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  • Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
  • Added: 10 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39293451
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lillie Olivia Swenson Melbostad (30 Jan 1904–5 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39293451, citing Nora Lutheran Church Cemetery, Gardner, Cass County, North Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Douglas Kirk Sorensen (contributor 46956932) .