Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Farewell to Flora: Obituary / Family Photos

Flora Morgan Tillery 
The Fresno Bee, Fresno, CA 
August 15, 2014

Flora Tillery passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, in Fresno, CA at the age of 88 from Congestive Heart Failure. Flora was born in Delta, UT on December 29, 1925, to Lula Annie Johnson Morgan and Ira Roy Morgan. She grew up in Delta and attended Delta High School until she met and married Corporal Marion L. Tillery an MP stationed in Delta. They were married on July 1, 1943. Upon his discharge from the US Army at the end of WWII, the couple settled in Rexburg, ID for a short time. In 1954, due to Flora's health, they moved to Fresno, CA where the weather was warmer and dryer. In 1961, they moved to a home in Clovis where she remained for the next 53 years. Flora worked at the donut shop in Delta as a teenager. At Safeway Supermarket as a checker while a newlywed, and at JC Penneys as a clerk. In 1963 she began her career with Clovis Unified Schools Food Services as a kitchen helper. She retired 25 years later as the Assistant Director over Food Services. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lula and Ira Roy; her sisters, Mildred Morgan and Roa Maxfield; and her brother, Wayne D. Morgan. She lost her husband to cancer in 2001. Her son Pat Tillery was the first child she lost to death in August of 2002. Her daughters Flora Ann Hallak and Janean Reynolds died in May 2008 three weeks apart. She is survived by her daughter, Lurane Van Nortwick and son-in-law Tom of Fresno; her son, Wayne L. Tillery and his wife Nyla of Rigby, ID, and her son Bill Tillery and his wife Becky of Clovis, CA; son-in-law, Louie Hallak of San Fernando, CA; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Tillery of Hanford, CA. Her love and loss will be felt by 24 grandchildren; 43 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Her family would like to thank all those who took such great care of Flora over the past 20 years. From her hair dresser to her many doctors, her physical therapists, the medical staff at the hospital, her neighbors, and her wonderful Home Teachers, Visiting Teachers and Church Leaders who loved her so much, kept her going and became some of her dearest friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at 220 N. Peach, Clovis, CA at 10:00 a.m. Viewing will be held at the same location at 9:00 a.m. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
Published in the Fresno Bee on Aug. 15, 2014

Grumpa took lots of photos. These are shots of all the family photos that were assembled for the funeral. What a legacy.

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