Doris May Lilly, 89, died April 2 at her home in Summerville. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 McAlister, in Island City. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley and from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service Friday at the Island City LDS Church.
Mrs. Lilly was born March 22, 1918, to Charles Oliver and Adelia E. (Rogers) Sanderson in Cambridge, Idaho. As a child her family lived in various places around the Northwest.
On Sept. 17, 1935, she married Albert W. Lilly in La Grande. When she was first married, she cooked for the Roy Shaffer Dude Ranch out of Lostine and filled in as a cook at Hot Lake.
In 1965 the Lillys moved to Forest Grove and then returned to La Grande in 1971. She moved to Summerville four years ago.
Mrs. Lilly was very active in the LDS Church and held many positions throughout the years, including Relief Society President and Compassionate Services Officer. She was also a member of the Women’s Benefit Association. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, quilting, gardening and canning. Her specialty was making candy at Christmastine. She also enjoyed time spent outdoors, including hunting and fishing.
At the age of 70 she began painting and several of her paintings were displayed at the Elks Hospital in Boise as well as in the church. A loving, kind woman with a great sense of humor, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing games with with them and her friends.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Janice and Jerry Hudson of Summerville, Sharon and Ernie LaMiller of Auburn, Wyo., and Reiné and Paul Bailey of Boise; siblings and their spouses, Clinton Sanderson of Bellingham, Wash., Marion Hilary of Salem and Janet and Steve Everitt of Nampa, Idaho; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; son, Norman Lilly; twin sister, Lois Hicks; and brothers, Donald Sanderson and Delbert “Bud” Sanderson.
Memorials may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 7, 2007 Published: April 7, 2007