Lily M. Westby

Lily Westby passed away at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford on November 27, 2010.

Lily Maxine Westby was born February 8, 1927 in Sheyenne, ND, the daughter of Ingvald and Florence (Lindstrom) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed in Grandfield Lutheran Church. She grew up on their family farm west of Sheyenne and attended country school Greenfield No. 2. After graduating from Sheyenne High School during which she roomed in town during the winter months, she attended Interstate Business College in Fargo, and was employed as a bookkeeper in Jamestown until her marriage.

On March 23, 1945, Lily was united in marriage to Lloyd Westby of Maddock. They made their home near Maddock for two years, and in 1947, purchased a farm west of Sheyenne, ND, where they farmed, raised Polled Hereford cattle, and raised their family of four children. Lily was active in Grandfield Lutheran Church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. She held offices in the church and LCW, enjoyed the Grandfield Homemaker’s Club, and was a 4-H leader for 10 years. Lily was a Golden member of the Sons of Norway. She sewed clothes for her family, was a talented cook and baker, and always had homemade treats on hand for unexpected guests. Lily loved her husband and children and treasured each new addition to their family. Her compassion and willingness to help brought comfort to many friends and neighbors. She & Lloyd celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and relatives in 1995. After the children were grown, she continued to work in their farming and cattle operation until she and Lloyd retired, and they moved to New Rockford in 1997.

Lily is survived by two sons, Roger (Betty) Westby of New Rockford, Gary Westby of New Rockford; two daughters, Lori (Audrey) Spitzer of Aberdeen, SD and Mary (Wayne) Trudeau of Mayville; 11 grandchildren Brenda Bachmeier, Ronald Westby, Cole Hardy, LeAnn Holter, Jennifer Nash, Lisa Westby, Shaun O’Connell, Casey O’Connell, Stephanie Hern, Steven Trudeau, Danielle Trudeau; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother Eugene (Joyce) Olson, Lake Forest Park, WA; 6 sisters Shirley Westby, Maddock, Marlys Peterson, Sacramento, CA, LouAnn Carlson, Seattle, WA, Faye (Darwyn) Kanzelman, New Rockford, Virginia (Terry) Braathen, Tolna, Margaret “Peggy? Gudmunson, New Rockford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Lloyd on May 19, 1999, infant son Billy, her parents, and brothers Ernest, Jim and Loren.


FUNERAL SERVICE: Grandfield Lutheran Church, rural Sheyenne, ND

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 2:00PM

BURIAL: Grandfield Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND

Posted Condolences:



Name: Mary Jane Zemek(Olson)

Date: 12/05/10

Message: Lily was a great Lady always made us welcomed at her house! She will be missed alot. God bless you all and God will take good care of her in his house now! Mary Jane Zemek, Michelle Olson, Rebecca Olson


Name: Loren Mellum

Date: 11/30/2010

Message: Dear Roger and Betty,
Our sympathy and prayers in this time of loss. Lily was a special lady, a wonderful person to visit with, and a friend to Gordon and Bonnie and our whole family. We will keep you especially close in our thoughts this week and will call you soon.
Loren and Karen Mellum, Moorhead, MN


Name: Sharon Wagner

Date: 11/29/2010

Message: Although there will be an empty chair at your holiday table this year, I know it will be filled with loving memories of Lily and her life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.


Name: Wendy Olson

Date: November 29, 2010

Message: Lily Westby was my aunt - my dad's sister. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life and visit with all my relatives. It's hard when you live so far away. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. She always made me feel so welcome whenever I came to her home. I still remember her sayng "well, hello there, are you?" I feel blessed growing up knowing her (whether it was in North Dakota or when I visited from Seattle, Washington). Her husband, Lloyd (my uncle), was one of the most gentle men I have ever known. There was always laughter, music, food, and fellowship any time we got together. My cousins always shared their horses, toys, and acommodations with us. We will always be grateful to them for their love and hospitality to us. We love you, Lily! Now God will hold you in the palm of His hands...until we meet again...go to sleep and rest your eyes...we will see you again and will embrace you with joy. We all loved you so much!


Name: Faith Trudeau

Date: 11/29/2010

Message: Mary, Wayne, Steph, Steven & Danielle: My heart aches with you at the loss of Lilly. To loose a Mom or Grandma is a hurtfull thing, or may be a blessing with her having cancer. She was a very kind, loving & excepting person she will be missed. Big Bear Hugs for all of you and please share them with the rest of the family.


Name: Connie Brown

Date: Nov 29,2010

Message: Hi, Dwain and I are on a trip and I just decided to check the funeral home on line and saw that Lily passed away. I wanted to let you know even though we are far away I will be thinking of all of you. Take care. Connie


Name: Kathy Ellingson

Date: 11/28/10

Message: Mary and Wayne and family;
I am so soory at the loss of your Mom, and Grandma. I know how hard this time is for you and know that I'm thinking of you all! I never knew her but she must have been quite a woman to have had and raise a great daughter like Mary! God bless her and he will be with her on the newest journey of her life...The journey with our Lord...RIP and God bless you all....Love and prayers; Kathy and family Danielle, I'm sorry to hear that your Grandma died. wish I could help you so if you need anything call me...hugs...Tootie