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Lillian Wallander

Lillian (Overby) Wallander, 100, died July 8, 2018, in Culbertson.


She was born June 17, 1918, in Binford, N.D., to Peter A. and Alma (Motland) Overby. She was baptized at birth because they did not expect her to live. She moved with her family to Cooperstown, N.D., at age four where she was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church at age 14 and graduated from Cooperstown High School at 18.
She grew up in a family of four older and one younger siblings. Growing up, she liked to sing in school and play games at recess. In school, she liked sewing and completing art projects.
She started teaching Sunday School while she was in high school and taught for over 25 years.
She Donald D. Wallander Aug. 18, 1940, in Cooperstown, N.D., at Trinity Lutheran Church. They had two sons. The oldest died shortly after birth and Gregory Scott Wallander was born April 22, 1949.
In the early years of their marriage, they moved to rural Froid where Don taught grade school. The following years, they moved to Great Falls and then to Williston, N.D., due to the first oil boom. In the early 1960s, they moved to Froid where Don began working at First State Bank.
She loved when Don would read poetry and sing songs to her.
They were faithful members of Froid Lutheran Church. She was a member of the altar guild and the WELCA ladies aide. For many years, she shared her talents with girls through the Girl Scout program. She was a mentor to so many throughout her entire life and a living example of her faith.
She enjoyed gardening, especially her geraniums. She remembered everyone’s birthday and every anniversary, holiday and special event with cards. Lil and Don loved to camp. She also did Artex painting and belonged to Homemaker’s Club.
Christmas was a special time where she did a lot of decorating and set up a Christmas village and numerous nativity scenes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; siblings, Helge Overby, Ruby Swanson, Leonard Overby, Einar Overby and Alyce Lura; an infant son; and her son, Greg Wallander.
She was fortunate to have many generous friends and caregivers in the Froid community which allowed her to remain in her own home until she was 100 years old.
Funeral services were at the Froid Lutheran Church July 12 and burial was at the Froid South Cemetery.