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Lillian Aho Steele's Online Memorial Photo

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Memorial Biography

Mom was a fun loving spirit who made friends easy and always had a positive and happy outlook. Her two passions in life were her art and gardening; she began drawing and painting at a very young age, which included charcoal, watercolors, acrylics and oils. She was born in Port Townsend Washington, the daughter of Arthur Charles Aho and Florence Marcilene Wilkins. Her father was the first born of a Finnish family that immigrated here from Finland.

Lillian grew up in Port Townsend, and then along the coast in Crescent City and Del Norte California. She had four daughters, her first daughter Billie Jean passed shortly after birth. Her other daughters are Kathy, Tracy, and Kellie.

Mom’s biography: Mom was born in Port Townsend, Washington and spent her early years in Puget Sound, Washington. Her Dad, Arthur Aho, had a fishing boat called the Della Mae. When they were on the beach, he would pull out his pocket knife and pull oysters from the rocks and shuck fresh oysters for her. Raw oysters continued to be one of her favorite foods. Her mother Florence and her grandmother were both pregnant at the same time and her and Evie were born just three months apart, per mom, Evy is the oldest. Evelyn Mills and Lillian were called the Gold Dust twins and were very close to each other. Lillian grew up during the depression and her parents didn’t have a lot of money. She said that her parents often traded oysters, crab, fish and anything else they could find from the Puget Sound with farmers for staples. Mom lived with her grandma and grandpa for about three years, then her dad bought a house in West Seattle, and her and her brother Art and younger sister Sharon lived there with their new stepmother, Francis, who was reported to be very mean.

Her real mother came to visit one day and the stepmother wouldn't let her see her own children. Lillian was outside painting a table and chairs and didn't know she was there. Lillian's other sister Arlene went to live with Aunt Eva and Uncle Ferry, they weren't able to have children and Florence felt she would have a good home with them. They raised Arlene until she was fourteen and then Arlene came to live with them in Crescent City. Her Dad raised the kids and was a bachelor for many years until he met Aldene, a school teacher from Kansas. Her mother, Florence Marceline Wilkins, said she was born with a smile on her lips. I would have to agree with that, she always had a smile and an upbeat mood.