Lily Klein, 97, Spearfish, S.D., and formerly of Carson, passed away Aug. 8, 2018, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community, Belle Fourche, S.D. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. MT Monday, Aug. 13, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Carson, with interment following at 3 p.m. CST at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. MST Sunday at St. Theresa Catholic Church, followed by a Christian wake at 7 p.m. MST.
She was born on March 5, 1921, in Sheffield, England, to Christopher and Nellie Parker. Lily entered the British Army in 1942. She met the love of her life, Andy Klein, at a USO dance in London. They were married in Sheffield on March 31, 1945. A year later, on March 30, 1946, she boarded the Queen Mary to make the voyage to join her American sweetheart in Carson. It was there that they raised their five children.
Lily worked for the Carson School District for 25 years. They resided in Carson until 2006, at which time they moved to Mandan. Andy passed away in July 2007. Lily moved to Tuk-R-Inn in Spearfish, in August 2007, where she lived for 11 years.
She was a member of the Carson Homemakers, the American Legion Auxiliary and the St. Theresa Alter Society. She was proud of her naturalized citizenship. She enjoyed knitting, dancing, baking and playing cards.
She is survived by her children, Marvin Klein, Solen, Ray (Joan) Klein, Belle Fourche, S.D., Steven Klein, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Mary Kay Budmayr, Belle Fourche; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Winnie; and brother, Joe; many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Nellie; son, Tony; daughter-in-law, Nancy Klein; five brothers; and five sisters.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials be made to North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 1825 46th St, Mandan 58554.
An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com. (Kline Funeral Chapel, Belle Fourche, S.D., and Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan)