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100 CANDLES: Lillian Anderson Esson Lund


Lillian Anderson Esson Lund will celebrate her 100th birthday with a cake and coffee open house from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in Elim Church, 6101 Cody St. in Duluth.

Lill was born April 17, 1909, in Cheboygan, Mich., to Myrtle and Oscar Anderson. She was the eldest of five girls: Dorothy Wotczak, Florence Strom, June Booker, and the late Leona Lindseth; and two brothers, the late Donald Anderson and Claude Anderson.

She started school in Cheboygan before moving to Duluth, where she attended Oneota school and then to Bryant and Lincoln, where she completed her education. As a young teenager, Lill went to work and did housework for various families until she got a job at the Blue Valley Creamery wrapping butter.

She met and married Al Esson in 1935 and her days as a butter-wrapper ended. She was a busy mom raising her three children: James (Kathy) Esson of Duluth; Mary (Barry) LeBlanc of Mahtowa; and the late Denny Esson. At that time in her life, Lill was active in the PTA and Norton Park Flower Club.

Lill is a member of Midtown II Residents Club, Elim LCWA, the Mary-Martha Circle and a 44-year member of the Morgan Park TOPS Club.

One of Lill's loves is dancing; even when she's just sitting her feet are dancing. It's no surprise in her later years she met Emil Lund, who also loved dancing, and they married in 1974. They stayed active by working, dancing and gardening. Emil passed away in 1991.

Lill moved to Midtown II in 1996 and stays just as busy as ever.

Her family says, "You set a good example for all of us and we wish you many more happy, healthy years! Keep on a'swingin'!"