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“To Felicia & Betty: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I will miss cousin "Nancy." May she rest in peace. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Ruth Henderson - Houston, TX

“Our thoughts are with you family. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Rachel Franklin - Florissant, MO

“May thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: VALERIE PEARSON-LUNNIE - MO

“Our deepest condolences to Granny (E.L.) in the passing of your niece. God Bless the Lillard family. With Love....Betty, Honda and S.B.Jr. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Betty Kendall-Mackey - Marvell, AR

“Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Continue to have those wonderful memories! If you ever need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Brandy Eldridge - St. Louis, MO

“My prayers and thoughts are with you, Felicia and your whole family. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Jessica Young - Florissant, MO

Mary "Nancy" Lillard was born on October 9, 1951 to parents Jarrett and Annie Bell Lillard. Mary attended St. Louis Public Schools and graduated from Soldan High School in 1971.

Mary became a member of the Concerned Parents Organization in 1973. She became the president of the Young Members Group. The group served the neighborhood by addressing issues of middle school and high school students, providing information to parents and teachers to help and counsel youth and parents alike. Nancy was also a member of Williams Temple Church of God in Christ where she accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her early teens and held fast to her faith in God throughout her life. She was also a member of the choir from childhood to early adulthood.

Mary worked for the St. Louis Community College District at Florissant Valley for many years. Her last employer prior to her illness was Brown Shoe Company where she also worked for several years.

Mary loved children. She nurtured and cared for many children in her neighborhood prior to having her own. In 1984, she gave birth to Felicia Nicole Lillard, her only child, but was still known as a "mom" to many.

Mary was always smiling, even though she suffered through a lot of pain in the last years of her life. She was a fighter and would quickly remind anyone who thought that there was no hope to look at her, because no matter how bad things may have seemed she always bounced back through God.

Mary lost her battle to scleroderma on March 21, 2009. She will greatly be missed. Her parents Jarrett and Annie Bell Lillard, as well as her brother Jarrett Lillard Jr. have preceded her in death. She leaves her daughter, Felicia Lillard, her sister Betty J. Naugles, one nephew Curtis Hill, one niece Brandi Jones, one great-nephew Christian Jarrett and one great-niece Camryn Hope, three aunts, and a host of cousins and friends.

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