SMYRNA – Juanita Lilley peacefully passed away June 22, 2012, in Houlton. She was born Sept. 18, 1920, in Dyer Brook, the daughter of Roy and Caroline "Mae" (Batchelder) Brisley.
She graduated from Oakfield High School in 1939. She attended Maine School of Commerce, Bangor. During World War II she was employed for two years at the Houlton Air Base and one year at Air Transport Command at La Guardia Field in New York. She married Burns Lilley Aug. 17, 1945. She and Burns worked side by side at Lilley Farms in Smyrna for more than 40 years. She maintained the records for Lilley Farms for 60 years. During semi-retirement they enjoyed winters in Florida, traveling cross-country with their travel trailer and attending Fryeburg Fair. She was a faithful member of United Methodist Church, Smyrna.
She is survived by three children, James and his wife, Nancy Lilley, Perry and his wife, Paula Lilley, both of Smyrna and Wanda and her husband, Brian Mallett, of Lee; seven grandchildren, Renae and her husband, Rob Foley, Holly and her husband, Seth Hodgkins, Matt Lilley and his fiancee, Joleen Fowler, Dan and his wife, Emily Lilley, Lauren and her husband, Neal Labrie, Rebecca and her husband, Josh Jacques, and Brittany Mallett; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Drew, Nolan, Kenzie, Jack and Jackson; a loving sister, Nola Wilson of Old Town; a sister-in-law, Joyce Mathers of Island Falls; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Stella Fowler. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Burns; and two brothers, Leo and Earl. The family wishes to thank the staff at Gardiner Healthcare Facility for the compassionate and loving care they gave Juanita during her time there.
Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Smyrna/Merrill Historical Society – Old Methodist Church, Smyrna Mills, where a funeral service will begin 2 p.m. with Pastor Marilyn Rohdin officiating. Committal will be after at the lower Smyrna Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Smyrna/Merrill Historical Society, P.O. Box 21, Smyrna Mills, ME 04780. For an online register book and to leave condolences, please visit