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Elvira Lilja

December 19, 1900 September 9, 2008
Elvira Lilja
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Obituary for Elvira Lilja

Elvira Lilja, 107, of Vinton, died Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at the Virginia Gay Annex due to complications of age.  
    Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, September 12, 2008, at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Sumption officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, September 11, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
    Elvira was born December 19, 1900, in Svängsta, Sweden, the daughter of August and Hanna Böök Hokenson.  Elvira moved to Vinton in 1920.
    On March 5, 1924, Elvira was united in marriage with Linn H. Lilja.  The couple farmed in the Vinton area.  He preceded her in death on June 9, 1966.
    Elvira was a member of the Vinton Presbyterian Church, the Modern Entertainer’s Club and Eden Aid.
    She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Clarice Lilja of Vinton; one granddaughter: Brenda Kotouc of Bentonville, AR; two great-grandchildren: Stephanie Kotouc of Pea Ridge, AR, and Kristopher (Laura) Lilja of Prior Lake, MN; four great-great-grandchildren: Jeremiah and Morgan Wachtel of Pea Ridge, AR, and Annika and Elise Lilja of Prior Lake, MN; and many nieces and nephews and their families in both the U.S. and Sweden.  Her extended family consists of Mary and Jeff Vieth of Iowa Falls; Haley Auston and her two daughters, Kiara and Kamryn Auston, all of Iowa Falls; Bethany Vieth of Tacoma, WA; and Linda and Ralph Kotouc of Pea Ridge, AR.
    Elvira was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Ralph Lilja; one grandson, David Lilja; three brothers and five sisters.
    A memorial fund has been established.


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