CORINNA – Lillian Y. Saunders, 71, traveled her path to meet with the Lord as she peacefully passed, April 14, 2010, with her loving family at her side. Lillian was born July 25, 1938, a daughter of the late Edwin and Vesta (Giles) Witham. Lillian grew up in Dexter, and married at the tender age of 17. She and her former husband, James “Bill” Saunders, worked and raised their family together on the family farm in Corinna. Lillian was employed at local woolen mills and helped raise her two granddaughters. Lillian later moved to Guilford and became a member of Guilford United Methodist Church. She met a special friend there, Jerald Melia, with whom she spent her remaining years. Lillian received her GED in 1993, concurrently with her granddaughters, who achieved their associate degrees and high school diplomas. She returned to Corinna to be near her family and became a member of Corinna United Methodist Church where she made many new friends. Lillian is remembered as a caring, nurturing and funny woman who gave unselfishly of herself. She welcomed many people into her heart, where they too could share the warmth of her love. Lillian brought a sense of home into every life she touched, from those of her childhood, on the farm, of her family, and in her church. The remembrance of her giggles, her smiles, her crazy antics, her love for observing nature and peaceful cool summer days will forever be in the hearts of the ones who love her. Lillian is survived by her devoted friend of more than 20 years, Jerald Melia of Corinna; former husband and father to her children, James “Bill” Saunders; her loving children, Janice Day and husband, Michael, and Edwin “Butch” Saunders and wife, Julie; three grandchildren, Rhonda Shaw and husband, William, Shelia Richard and husband, Moses, and Patrick Saunders; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Richard-Wilson, Cody Shaw, Alexis Richard, Carter Shaw, and Kadence Richard, all of Corinna; and a sister, Beverly Grant and husband, David. She was predeceased by a great-grandson, Eric Kyle Dexter; three brothers, Edward, Wilfred and Earl Morey; and three sisters, Nettie Thompson, Louise Cross and Frances Kelton. A service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, at Corinna United Methodist Church, 16 Dexter Road, Corinna, with the Rev. Grace Mazhandu officiating. Burial will be after at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Corinna United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 418, Corinna, ME 04928. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.
LILLIAN Y. SAUNDERS
Posted April 15, 2010, at 7:54 p.m.