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Lillian Mikkelson Reimann

Mar 11, 1925 - Jun 24, 2021

Service

Friday, July 2, 2021
2:00 pm
A Celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at the Irma cemetery, on July 2 at 2pm.

Interment

Irma Cemetery, Irma, Alberta

Obituary

Lillian Mikkelson Reimann

March 11, 1925 -- June 24, 2021

Lillian passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Rosefield Care Centre, Innisfail, Alberta on June 24, 2021. She was ninety-six.

Lillian Marie Mikkelson was born March 11, 1925 in Rolla, North Dakota, the twelfth of fourteen children born to Lars and Milla Mikkelson.

The family lived for years in the Turtle Mountains near St. John, North Dakota. They left St. John and came to the Green Meadow district, south of Chauvin, Alberta in the fall of 1926. They farmed there and the younger children attended the country schools. In 1936, the family moved to Irma, Alberta where Lillian completed her secondary schooling. She then attended Prairie Bible Institute (P.B.I.) in Three Hills, Alberta from which she graduated in 1949. Lillian felt a clear call to the mission field. After language study and training to be a missionary she boarded a ship for the Netherlands Antilles, arriving at the island of Curacao, on December 11, 1952. For the next twenty years her focus was working with and ministering to young people and children. Following this she moved to the island of Aruba. There she worked for some time with Radio Victoria, the mission's radio station. Then for approximately twenty-three years, Lillian led a small group in the translating of the whole Old Testament into Papiamento, the language of the islands. They also reviewed and updated the New Testament in the Papiamento language. The whole project was completed in 1996, a major accomplishment! Lillian forever bore the title of "The Bible Lady" on the islands. Over the years Lil was also very instrumental in establishing a church in Oranjesstad.

She retired from her work with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission), returning in 1996 or 97 to Irma, Alberta. In 1998 she met and married James Reimann. In January 2005 she was thrilled to return to her Dutch Antilles for a two-week visit, with husband Jim, in tow. It was a dream come true for her, to be reunited with so many dear friends. A highlight was meeting up with the pastor of the Orangesstad church, then to be given a tour of the large, well utilized church facility. It left her literally speechless.... sensing God's blessing for all those years of reaching out and serving.

Lillian loved the Lord, loved her extended family, loved family reunions and always attended if she was on furlough. One of her hobbies was gathering as much information as she could about her family and its roots. Several of the family visited Lillian in Aruba. She greatly enjoyed touring the island with them, visiting her favorite beaches, shopping with them, and best of all, getting up to date with family news from “back home."

She was predeceased by Father Lars, Mother Milla, seven sisters: Thea McMann, Gunda Coulter, Madeline McMann, Olive Williams, Alice Sharkey, Vera Mikkelson, Verna Daley; six brothers: Melvin, Henry, Carl, Rudolph, Lawrence and Lester; her husband Jim Reimann. Lillian is survived by five generations of numerous loving nieces and nephews and cousins in Canada and the United States.

A Celebration of Lillian’s life will be held at the Irma cemetery, on July 2 at 2pm.

Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 887-2151

Condolences

Patricia Christensen:

We greatly enjoyed being colleagues of Lillian, and our children grew up loving "Auntie Lillian." She stayed on the field past normal retirement age, committed to finishing the translation project. A fun memory: we decided that as such a young-at-heart person, Lillian deserved a "revised" birthday certificate making her only 60 on her 70th birthday. Her wedding is also a happy memory, taking place when we were on furlough, which allowed me to fly to Canada for it.
May Lillian's legacy of love for God and others flourish among her nieces and nephews!
Patricia (for Dennis too) Christensen

Robert and Nanette Childs:

Nan and I worked with Lillian for many years in Aruba. She had an undying passion for the translation ministry of God’s word in Papiamento and also working in the ministry for women.
May God’s peace comfort all her family and friends during these days.
Robert (Bud) Childs

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