April 20, 2019 — Lillian Faye Mathers was born in Portland, Ore., and spent the Great Depression in a little town called Colton, Ore., until her family moved to Florence in the 1940s.
She passed away Feb. 24, 2019.
Lillian and my grandfather, Francis, worked at the Drive-in theater that is now Miller Park. She spent many years doing child care out of her home before taking a job in the Siuslaw High School laundry and eventually retired from the school district.
She was a Rebekah IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) for many years and a member of Florence Christian Church.
She is survived by her sister, Marie Fosback, of Florence; four grandchildren: Christine Hendrick (Daughter Brynna Hendrick), Catherine Francis (Husband Randy, sons Johnathan and Zachery Francis), Melony Pelroy (daughter Chrystal and Son Ryan Pelroy), and Shane Johnson (wife Brandy and daughters Shaylee and Lacey).
She will be remembered as a kind of person whose hugs lasted for an eternity. Every time we met, her eyes shined and for a moment; nothing in the world mattered except being there, with that beautiful woman — the one who picked up pebbles and built mountains; the one who brought generations of people together just by being her wonderful, kind, loving self.
Every hug was a blessing, because in those moments she was telling me, “I’ll love you in Heaven just as much as I do here.”
I’m so lucky knowing a person like that lives in my heart.
I love you, Grandma. I’m so happy you get to be with your loved ones again.
Private cremational rites were held through Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.