Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith

AURORA – Lillian C. Smith, 94, passed away on Jan. 17, 2013, in Aurora.

She was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Longview, to the late Oscar T. and Isabelle Rowen.

She graduated from Freeport High School in 1936. She later married Edward J. Smith, who was in the military, living at many Army bases around the country and in Puerto Rico.

Lillian and Ed settled in St. Cloud, Fla., until his death in 1967, when she and her two children moved to Mooseheart, Ill., and became residents of The Child City. She was active in the Women of the Moose at Mooseheart.

Lillian was a houseparent at many of the elementary residence halls and eventually became the Mooseheart High School dean of girls. She lived and worked at Mooseheart until her retirement. She lived at the Constitution House in Aurora for over 25 years and was their longest resident until moving to Sunnymere in the spring 2012.

She was a lifelong member of Saint David's Episcopal Church in Aurora.

Lillian is survived by a son, David (Jan) Smith of Saint Charles; daughter, Kathy (Tony) Driessen of Mesa, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Stacy (Brian) Hansen of Fishers, Ind., Nicole Driessen of Washington, D.C., Sam (Kathleen) Driessen of Cortland, Matthew Smith of Elburn, Gail (Ian) Rodgers of Oswego, Kevin Smith of Aurora, Ellen Smith of Saint Charles and Timothy Smith of Saint Charles; and seven great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Smith; two brothers, Melvin and Arthur; and sister, Mae.

The family would also like to thank the caring nurses and doctors at Rush-Copley Hospital and Seasons Hospice for their support during this time.

Visitation will be held from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Healy Chapel, 332 West Downer Place in Aurora.

Interment will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, next to her husband, Edward.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions may be directed to a charity of their choice.

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