Seifried, Lilia (Stephansson)

(1913 - 2001)

Lilia (Lilly Stephansson) Seifried, (1913-2001) granddaughter of the poet, Stephan G. Stephansson, was born February 13, 1913, and lived most of her life in the Markerville District. For many years she and her husband were caretakers of the Christinnson and Tindastoll Cemeteries. Known for her generosity, hard work and keen sense of humour, Lilly enjoyed playing cards with neighbours and held membership in the Markerville Good Neighbour Club, Vonin Icelandic Ladies' Aid Society, the Golden West Drop-in and Stephan G. Stephansson Icelandic Society.

Lilly's first language was Icelandic. During her school days at Hola, she helped local Icelandic children learn to speak English. After school, she spent many happy hours with her grandmother, Helga Stephansson, helping with gardening, baking and washing. In 1938, Lilly married August Seifried and was devoted to the animals on their small farm. On cold winter days she would have a pot of water steaming on the kitchen stove so the pigs would have warm water to drink. Especially dear to Lilly was her saddle horse, Glory, which she purchased herself, along with a bridle and genuine Icelandic saddle.

Category: Markerville