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Lillian H. Mize

Published: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 10:16 a.m. CDT

MORRIS, Ill. — Lillian H. Mize, "Miss Lillian," 93, of Morris, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Walnut Grove Village in Morris.

Born Jan. 9, 1920, in Beaumont, Texas, Lillian was a daughter of the late J.C. and Mae Ezell-Fuller. She was raised and educated in Beaumont and graduated from Beaumont High School with the class of 1939. On Nov. 24, 1942, Lillian enrolled into the WAAC (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) and honorably served as one of the first for her country. On May 25, 1943, Lillian married Rufus Mize in Jonesboro, Ark., and over the years held her home in various places including: Batesville, Ark., Dwight, Lockport, and California. Lillian was a member of the First Baptist Church of Coal City where since 2005, she took great pride in her job of door greater and passing out bulletins. Miss Lillian was a member of the Women's Missionary Union (MWU) at First Baptist Church of Coal City and was involved with the Coal City Community Choir for a several years as an actress. She enjoyed going to hear the Gaithers in Concert, and loved traveling with her husband Rufus. Lillian will be remembered for her enjoyment of showing her kids and grandkids how to play jacks and double dutch jump rope.

Survivors include her three children, Katherine Chesser of The Woodlands, Texas, Wayne (Dawn) Mize of Dwight and Gail (Chuck) Stratz of Morris; five grandchildren, Tracey (Tim) Campbell of Dwight, David (Heather) Mize of Burlington, N.C., Tiffani Chesser of Houston, Texas, Joy (Luis) Chesser of Deer Park, Texas, and Timothy (Julie) Stratz of Morris; eight great-grandchildren, Louisa, Kayla and Christina Campbell, Olivia Mize, Leia and Lexi Warner, and Anthony Puqueno and Amethyst Stratz; one sister, Bettye DeSoto of Beaumont, Texas; special niece Denise DeSoto, and other various other nephews and nieces, as well as her First Baptist Church family.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus; parents, J.C. and Mae Fuller; grandson Matthew Chesser; and son-in-law, Tom Chesser.

Visitation and video tribute will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway (one block North of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Lillian will then lie in state at the First Baptist Church of Coal City on Monday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Dan Ahlenius will officiate.

Burial will follow in Eger Cemetery in Batesville, Ark.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Lillian’s memory to The First Baptist Church of Coal City, P.O. Box 39, Coal City, Illinois 60416.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City, 815-634-2125

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