Lillian Wilson
Lillian Wilson
Birth: 24 November 1909
Minot, North Dakota, USA
Death: 4 November 2020
Minot, North Dakota, USA
Age: 110 years, 346 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Lillian Wilson (24 November 1909 – 4 November 2020) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At time of her death, she was the second-oldest living person in North Dakota, behind Iris Westman.


Lillian Wilson was born on a farm north of Minot, near Ruthville, North Dakota, USA, on 24 November 1909. Wilson was the oldest of three children born to Adam and Anna Wilson. She and her two brothers, now deceased at ages 96 and 94, all attended a college. The family moved to Aneta after Adam Wilson died during the 1918 flu epidemic. They moved back to Minot in 1925, and Lillian enrolled as a sophomore at Minot High School. After graduation, she enrolled in summer school and eventually obtained her teaching certificate. She taught in rural schools in North Dakota for five years. In 1936, she earned a degree in history and social science from Minot State University.

In 1947, she enrolled in a library science program at a Denver university, earning a master’s degree. She worked as librarian for 11 years at Minot High School and nine years at MSU. She also worked in a library at Valley City State University during her 42 years in education. Wilson never married nor had children. Wilson is a resident of Trinity Homes, Minot since 2008. Wilson has been active in resident activities, church circles and other groups. Wilson’s niece, Ruth Puttre, said longevity might have something to do with the lifestyle of her aunt’s generation. In November 2019, she celebrated her 110th birthday.

Lillian Wilson died in Minot, North Dakota, USA on 4 November 2020 at the age of 110 years, 346 days.


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