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Lillian Beaton

Lillian Beaton

May 27, 1919-March 9, 2014

Lillian Clara Beaton, 94, of Pelican Rapids, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at her home, under the care of Home Instead and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Lillian, the daughter of Louis and Josephine (Teichmann) Kainer, was born on May 27, 1919 near Gordon, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. She grew up on the farm, with German being her first language. On the prairie, she attended school through the ninth grade and then finished high school at St. Joseph Academy in Dallas, Texas.

She received her nurses training at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. During World War II she worked at Camp Wolters, where she met her future husband Jim on V-J Day. After the war she worked in both San Antonio and Fort Worth. She married Jim in Fargo on July 3, 1951.

Lillian enjoyed living at her lakeside home with her husband and the dog. She shared her environment with her numerous plants and over 3,000 cookbooks, which she read like novels. She loved to garden, sew and especially cook. Sunday family dinners were always an epic event. You were never sure what the bill of fare was going to be, but it was always delicious.

For Lillian, cooking was an expression of love. She was famous for her hard rolls, affectionately called "Lilly Rolls." She was always willing to share secrets with anyone who wanted to learn the "Joy of Cooking."

Surviving Lillian are her husband, Jim Beaton of Pelican Rapids; five children, Mike (Wanda) Beaton of Frazee, Pat (Tim) Thompson of Kent, Wash., Charley Beaton of Fargo, Lou (Bob) Nagle of Fargo and Don Beaton of Detroit Lakes; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother, Benard (Peggy) Kainer and one sister, Kay Beavers, both of Gordon, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her sister,


Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at 7 p.m. rosary, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Friday, March 14 at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with Father Bob LaPlante, celebrant.

Interment will be in the church cemetery. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at