Carol Ann Lilly, 64, of Crestview, Fla., and formerly of St. Elmo, died at 4:39 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., after a battle with brain cancer.
Pursuant to her wishes, the body will be cremated and interred at a private family service will be held at a later date in Spring Hill Cemetery in Loudon Township, Fayette County. A public celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville. Lockart-Green Funeral Home Ltd. in Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Michael T. Glass Gliobastoma Research Foundation, a charitable organization dedidation dedicated to the cure of malignant brain cancer, c/o P.O. Box 37, Wayne, N.J., 07470, or www.mtgfoundation.org.
Mrs. Lilly was born on June 19, 1944, in St. Elmo, the daughter of Harold Collins and Frieda Faith Cox. Her mother later married Edward Lenore Mills. She married William Henry Lilly on July 3, 1964, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
She graduated from St. Elmo High School in 1962, and after graduation, she worked for Franklin Life Insurance Co. in Springfield. From 1964-70, she lived at various locations in the world with her husband as he served in the U.S. Army Security Agency. They returned to Central Illinois in 1970, and lived in Illinois until their retirement to Florida in 2006. She was retired from Cincinnati Insurance Co. and was previously employed as the chief deputy supervisor of assessments in Shelby County, Ill.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Crestview, Fla. Her current and past memberships and activities included Order of Eastern Star, American Business Womens Association, Shelby County Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, AMVETS Auxiliary and Christian County Home Extension. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader, 4-H club leader, Sunday school superintendent and Democratic Party precinct election judge. She was a lover of nature, an annual supporter of Arbor Day Foundation, Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. She was an avid reader of murder mysteries, a talented artist and was known for talents as a quilter, gardener and cook.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Michelle and her husband Jake Smith of Grafton, son, Jeff Lilly and his wife Jeanne; grandchildren, Briar Smith and Hanna Elizabeth Lilly; sister, Sue Ellen Mills and her husband Wayne Lowry of Moweaqua; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and people who were touched by her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, grandparents and infant sister, Barbara Jo.