Lillian Swanson

Lillian Alida (Larson) Swanson

June 6,1904- January 30, 2007

Lillian was born June 6, 1904 in Union, North

Dakota, the first child of Johannes (John) Larson

who had immigrated from Sweden and Tilda

Randine (Underbakke)Olson whose parents had

immigrated from Norway. In 1908 she moved

north with her family (Parents and her two year

old sister, Gerda) to a homestead near Kuroki,

SK. They lived with her mother’s family (the

Olson’s) until a rough house was built, which was

later replaced by a log house. In 1910 when she

was 6 they moved into Kiroki where her father

started working with the Canadian National

Railroad. For the next four years, they lived “in

town” for the summers and on the homestead

during the winter. Her siblings Hank, Betsy,

Anne, and Melvin were born in Kuroki. She met

Godfred “Jim” Swanson, also a railway worker

and married him in 1923. Her first child, Joseph

was born in 1924 and Thelma in 1926. In 1936

Jim took a job as Section Foreman and the family

moved back and forth between Hudson Bay

Junction, The Pas, Cantyre, Chemong, Westray,

Cote and finally Paswegin. In the fall of 1954

Lillian and Jim retired to Westbank where she

lived until 1996. From there Lillian stayed in

private homes in Penticton, Westbank, and her

last 2 years in Kelowna.

Lillian was sadly predeceased by her husband

Jim 1974, son Joseph 1996, daughter Thelma

Wiens 2006, and 4 out of 5 siblings. She

is survived by her brother Melvin, 7 Wiens

grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, a great

great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Two weeks prior to her passing Lillian confided

in her family, saying “You know, I’ve never felt

old” perhaps explaining the reason

for her great longevity.

Funeral Service was held on Saturday,

February 3, 2007 at 1:00 pm at

Rosedale Memorial Chapel, 13205 Rosedale

Avenue, Summerland, BC. with Reverend Sid

Waterman officiating. Interment took place

Monday, February 5, 2007 at 1:00 pm at

Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Kelowna, BC

Condolences may be directed to the family by


Funeral arrangements entrusted to:

Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.