Lila Mae Himmelright, 87, of Bemidji, MN passed away Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Society, Blackduck.
Funeral Services will be held October 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Nary Cemetery with a gathering following at Cantabria Coffee Shop.
Lila is survived by her children Diane (Steve) Prince, John (Kathleen) Himmelright, and Vicki Himmelright (Aaran Leustek). Grandchildren Heather Michael, Heidi Hoven, Grant Nielsen, Ryan Prince, Nicole Taylor; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Hadrava, Joann (Richard) Halverson and Jean (Russ) Voss and brothers, Joseph (Erna) Milton and Earl (Joanne) Milton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; infant son James; parents James and Edna Milton and brothers, James, Delbert, Robert and Roger.
Lila Mae Milton was born August 30, 1934 in Shooks, MN to James and Edna Milton. She grew up and lived in Shooks, MN, Renton, WA, Duluth, MN and finally Bemidji. Lila was the 2nd of 10 children. On June 28, 1952 she married Ivan Himmelright in Bemidji. They purchased a farm near Debs and raised their family there. In 1963, Lila went to work at Anderson’s Bakery in Bemidji after the death of her son, James. She then became a nurse and worked at North Country Regional Hospital until her retirement in 1995. Lila then was able to take care of her grandkids and spend more time cooking, canning, woodworking and sewing. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do once she put her mind to it. Lila and Ivan would have celebrated 69 wonderful years of marriage in June, but unfortunately Ivan passed in April of 2021. Lila really loved her family and they truly loved her and will be deeply missed.