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Lillian Carlson

May 16, 1918-April 10, 2009

Lillian I. Carlson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, April 10, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Lillian was born to Nels and Hannah Hanson Olson on May 16, 1918 in Shell Lake Township, rural Osage, where she grew up and attended country school before moving into Detroit Lakes. She then attended Detroit Lakes High School, graduating in 1937.

On Feb. 12, 1940, Lillian married Leonard Carlson in Detroit Lakes, where they made their home. Lillian was a babysitter for many families in Detroit Lakes. She was also very active as a volunteer for many organizations, and was a charter member of the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary. Her home was always open for friends and family. She loved to host family gatherings, and will be especially remembered for her holiday gatherings. She also loved drives in the country with her husband.

Surviving Lillian are her daughter, Lucy (Phil) Longtine of Lake Park; four sons, Bruce (Kathy) Carlson of Moorhead, Curt Carlson of Hill City, Minn., Dan Carlson of Minneapolis and Andy (Lynn) Carlson of Eagan, Minn.; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Elaine (Cliff) Skinner of Honolulu, Hawaii and Harriet Davis of Detroit Lakes; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Leonard (1991); three brothers, Ernest, Glen and Willis Olson; and two sisters, Doris Tyree and Arlet Olson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Brenda North officiating.

Casket bearers will be Tom Olson, Tim Olson, Wendel Olson, Wayne Olson, Don Davis and Byron Brink. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is assisting the family. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at