Lilly Paulson Nolan was born September 18, 1923 and entered through the gates of her Heavenly home on October 18, 2020.
She was born in Wolf Point, Montana to Mathias and Astrid Aamodt Paulson. Lilly lived in Wolf Point until she graduated from high school. She then moved to Seattle, Washington for college. While in college she met and fell in love with J. C. Nolan. They married and moved to Farmerville, Louisiana, her new husband’s home. Soon after, they moved to Monroe and remained in Monroe for the rest of their lives.
Lilly and her husband started Nolan and Nolan Trucking Company, working side-by-side for many years. Although she worked full time, she always had God first, and then her husband and children. She was a wonderful wife and mother and hostess to anyone that entered her home. She had a gift of making everyone “feel at home and part of the family.”
Lilly also enjoyed studying her Bible, working in her yard, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Highland Park Baptist Church for many, many years. She was a strong supporter of the children’s ministry, doing whatever she could to help.
The best part of her day was the 2:00 PM coffee and pastry with her daughter, who was also her best friend, and anyone else who was there.
Lilly was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, J. C. Nolan, her parents, and seven siblings; brothers, Barney Paulson, John Paulson, and Art Paulson; sisters, Elsie Whaley, Esther Provencher, Elenor Strom, and Louise Lehmann.
Left to cherish many happy and loving memories are her children, Ronnie Nolan and wife, Pat, Beverly Caldwell, and Bart Nolan and wife, Tommie. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Lori Hale and husband, Scott, Allison Roberts and husband, Spencer, Josh Nolan, Randy Bentz and wife, Tiffanie, Melanie Bentz, Nathan Nolan, Brandon Nolan, and Coy Nolan; ten great-grandchildren, Daion Hale, Garret Hale, Emma Kayte Roberts, Reed Roberts, Hunter Bentz, Tanner Bentz, Nolan Bentz, Lily Hart, Sylvia Powell, and Harry Powell; one great-great granddaughter arriving in November; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for the family will be held at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Crossroads Cemetery with Chaplin Ron Lowe officiating.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Charles Morgan, Dr. Scott McClelland and Hospice Compassus for their loving care and compassion. The family also thanks Chaplin Ron Lowe for his visits, support and prayers; also, to thank Judy Hughes for the lemon bars, fresh baked breads and visits.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons, Hunter Bentz, Nathan Nolan, Brandon Nolan, Tanner Bentz, Nolan Bentz, and Coy Nolan.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.