Mary Elizabeth Durbin Lillig, Our dearly beloved 105 year old matriarch peacefully passed away Saturday, June 8th at the Little Sister of The Poor, where she has been lovingly cared for and about for the past 20 years.
The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 12th at The Little Sisters of the Poor, 8745 James A. Reed Rd., Raytown, MO 64138, followed by visitation until 8:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Thursday at St. John Francis Regis Parish, 8941 James A. Reed Rd.
Mary was born in Kansas City, Kansas on March l4, 1908 to Rose and Charles Durbin, but spent the greater part of her life in Kansas City, Missouri. She was married for 64 wonderful and very interesting years to her beloved husband, Paul Francis Lillig, who predeceased her.
Mom always juggled the awesomeness of motherhood while remaining active in her professional life beginning with her earliest employment during World War II and continuing a 20 year career as the medical assistant to Drs. McCullough and Campbell. She was tireless in her commitment to the Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and anything having to do with to assist her parish of St. James Catholic School and Church.
Her young conversion to Catholicism and her love of Our Lord and Savior remained her touchstone always and primary source of strength regardless what life brought her. Mary had seven children. Elizabeth Lillig Montgomery (deceased), Paul Anthony Lillig (Frances), Regina Lillig Haus (deceased), Chuck Lillig, Dakotah Lillig Fitzgerald, Stephanie Lillig Breedlove (Michael) and Michael Lillig.
She has 20 remaining Grand Children, having been predeceased by her grandson Joseph Haus. She has 41 Great Grand Children and 1 Great, Great Grandson. She was loved by many and influenced and touched so many lives. She would want us to mention Mary Stitz Lillig and Sherry Lillig, both of whom also predeceased her. She was the esteemed guiding force in our family and while always supportive and forgiving, she was definitely our best counsel. There will never be another of her patience and kindness and we were all so grateful to have had her sweetness among us for all too short a time. In lieu of flowers, please pray for all of us and send donations to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.muehlebachchapel.com
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