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Lillian Ives, 98

Lillian Kathleen Marie Erixon Ives, 98, died on Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.

Lillie immigrated from Varmland, Sweden to the United States in utero, on the Dennorkse Amerikalinje with a very sick mother and her older sisters. Passing through Ellis Island in 1914, she was born in Red Wing, Minn., on Jan. 2, 1915.

Lillie's earliest memories were being told she had to speak English, because the family was American now. As a girl, Lillie loved ice skating on the Mississippi River in winter and going to dances on "the island". Lillie remembered the poverty of her growing up years and always having hand me downs from her sisters. The manager of the job office is Red Wing told her he would not help her find a job as she must be rich having come two different times with 2 different coats not knowing they had each been worn by 3 older sisters.

Lillie married her dancing partner on May 27, 1939, at the cusp of the beginning of World War II. Royce Ervin Ives danced her through 64 yrs. of marriage before he died in 2003. Lillie traveled throughout the U.S. with Major Ives as he was stationed at various Army Forts. She returned to Red Wings when Royce was stationed in the Caribbean Islands. She again moved, this time to Alabama when Major Ives was called up for the Korean Conflict.

Lillie had a passion for cooking and gardening. She was a very active life long member of First Lutheran Church in Red Wing.

Lillie raised her two daughters and then went back to work. She was Goodhue County District Bailiff for 30 years. Lillie lived the past 9 1/2 years at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.

She is survived by two daughters Patricia (Mick) Bohmbach of Red Wing, and Wendy (Dave) Wedan of Trempeauleau, Wis.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.