Lillian Mellors died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 following a short illness.
Lillian Mellors was born in Evanston, Illinois to German immigrants, Edmund and Bertha Schnehage. She spoke German until she started school and remained fl uent in German throughout her life. She spent her youth involved in church activities, skating on Lake Michigan, and going to Cubs games with her girlfriends. She attended Illinois State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.
She met her future husband, Howard Mellors, in Germany while visiting family, and they were married on February 16, 1960 in Chicago. He was an officer in the army and they lived across the United States and abroad during their marriage.
Lillian taught school in Evanston, Ill as well as Ft. Lewis, Washington, Korea, and Germany. Her fi rst priority was always her family, so once her two daughters were born, she dedicated her time to caring for her children.
When Lillian's husband retired from the military, they settled in Beaverton, Oregon. Lillian had many wonderful friends and enjoyed gathering with them for tables of bridge, wine tasting, and traveling. She was an avid reader, enjoying mysteries and historical fi ction. She and her husband were Master Gardeners and volunteered at the Portland Rose Test Gardens. In addition, she spent many years volunteering for Emanuel Hospital. Spending time with her family, her granddaughters in particular, was always her joy.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Ruth Purdy. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Steven Carlson, daughter Amylynn Evans, her four granddaughters; Erica Palmer, Emily Palmer, Alyssa Conner, and Madison Evans, and 2 great-grandchildren.
At her request, a small family graveside service was held. She was buried alongside her husband at Willamette National Cemetery.