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Lillie Louise Williams was born on July 9, 1938, in Bristow, Oklahoma to Alonzo and Thelma
Hill(neé Hale). Lillie attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in Bristow, OK. Lillie met,
fell in love and eventually wed her husband Sterlin Williams(who precedes her in death 2011) in
1955. Not too long after being wed, Lillie and Sterlin both moved to San Diego, CA joining his
sister Pearl(neé Williams) and Fred Whaley. Lillie quickly adapted to the fast pace life of San
Diego while simultaneously working and attending college at SDCC. In time she would bring her
mother Thelma and little sister Glenda to live in San Diego, CA as well. She would eventually
earn her Associates Degree in Psychology. Lillie obtained several jobs early on before "Ms.
Pinky" got her a job at the Lamaz Hotel. She also worked in the health service field for various
hospitals. Lillie found her calling working for numerous influential families like that of Mrs.
Treelevin, Mr. Roland, Ms. Wallace & The Bergantes along her journey. She was instrumental in
the upbringing of the children within those families and they called her “Grandma Lillie”.
Lillie began serving the Lord at 38th Street Church of Christ, then Raven Street Church of Christ
which eventually merged into 61 st & Division Street Church of Christ. She eventually moved to
Perris, CA where she attended Mead Valley Church of Christ on a regular basis. Due to health
concerns, Lillie moved back to San Diego to continue serving the Lord at 38 th Street until her
passing. Lillie attended Sunday Service faithfully until she was unable to do so. She had an
angelic voice that bellowed out softly and melodically, it could be heard especially when it came
to singing her favorite church hymns. Lillie showed class in all she did, so much so she wouldn't
step into the House of God without wearing one of her signature hats. Most important to her
was that she attended church, and served the Lord! She wanted to see souls saved into the
Kingdom of God, and live a fruitful life abiding in the Love of God. Lillie was instrumental in
bringing many of her family members, friends, and people she touched to God!
Lillie was a faithful, loving and devoted wife for 56 glorious years. She always put the needs and
well-being of Sterlin before herself. Her beauty inside and out exuded kindness, compassion
and honesty that was undeniable. Sterlin knew that when he found her, he had found a great
thing. Although Lillie never had any biological children, she was a “mother” who was always
there when called upon. She was a church mother and role model to many who followed God.
Her passion was to help those in need, from providing food to those on an empty stomach, or
giving her time, and compassion. She never wanted to see anyone go hungry, or suffer. Her
heart was pure but she wasn’t a push over. She often could be heard saying, “I meant what I
said, and said what I meant.” When she said those words, one would try to stay on her good
side. Lillie was human, but her principles made her strong, courageous and she shined when
leading people to join the faith. She was steadfast and unmovable always quoting The Word of
God. Her undying wisdom and knowledge made it easy for people to want to converse with her.
In her younger years, she loved to listen to music from the likes of James Brown, Bobby Blue
Bland, and Johnnie Taylor. She was instrumental in her nephew, becoming a Billboard charting
musician. She was also known to cut a rug too from time to time. She had a knack for
entertaining as there were always friends and family who dropped by to play card games,
dominoes, or just shoot the breeze. Lillie loved to take road trips across the country, especially
to visit family; and did so more than one could count. In her latter years, Lillie grew fond of
working crossword puzzles just like her sister Glenda, and talking on the phone for hours at a
Lillie was the last one remaining, five siblings preceded her in death: Susie Jones(neé Hill), Vera
Turner(neé Hill), Wanda B. Hill, Garland Hill & Glenda L. Hill. She leaves to mourn and celebrate
her life a host of nieces & nephews, adopted grandchildren, Godchildren, friends and church
family. Lillie used her gifts to serve others, she was a faithful servant, a hard fighting soldier for
60+ years. Lillie lived in San Diego, CA until she transitioned to be with the Lord on October 16,
2023 at 11:54a.m.(Paradise Valley Hospital).
Lillie’s steadfastness made her a 'Hard Fightin' Soldier' & has earned her God’s Crown of Glory!
Psalm 23, Psalm 29, Psalm 123 ,
II Timothy 2:3-4