Dorothy Carol Lilly of Crab Orchard went to be with the Lord on Sunday July 19th, just shy of her 84th birthday.
Born and raised in the Hinton area, she was the daughter of the late Everette Yancey and Annie Hogan Yancey.
Dorothy most recently worked at and attended many events at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging (RCCA). She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church, RCCA Senior Friends, Hands All Around Quilt Club, and was on the Board of Directors of the Lilly Reunion Association.
She entertained us with bluegrass and gospel, playing with Mountain Breeze and other musical groups at local jam sessions. She sang and played guitar at the Lilly Reunion, the Good News Outreach Mission in Meadow Bridge, the Little Opry in Princeton, Greystone, and many local firehouses, nursing homes and churches over the years.
You may have seen her in the news, on the stage or on Facebook and Snapchat - often courtesy of the the grandkids. She lived a full and active life and was loved by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Lilly; 6 brothers: Nick Yancey, Charles Yancey, Donald Yancey, Jack Yancey, Harvey Joe Yancey, Ronald Yancey and 3 sisters: Violet Harvey, Ethel Painter and Edna Partida.
Left to cherish her memory are sons Rick Lilly (and Kathy) of Crab Orchard, Tom Lilly (and Christy) of Cool Ridge, and daughter Carol Lilly-Reynolds (and Lloyd "Bunk" Reynolds) of Wilmington, NC; 6 grandchildren: Stephanie Graham of Odd, Stacy Coleman-Hatfield of Fitzpatrick, Josh Lilly of Lester, Heather Clemons of MacArthur, Jeremy Lilly of Coal City, and Seth Lilly of Ranson; 11 great grandchildren: Holly and Abigail Graham of Odd; Ethan, Alura and Wyatt Hatfield of Fitzpatrick; Haleigh, Jacob and Gabe Clemons of MacArthur; Josh and Lane Lilly of Lester and Jaxel Lilly of Coal City. A twelfth great grandson is on the way. She is also survived by one brother Marvin (Tom) Yancey of Elk Knob and 2 sisters: Flora Mae Richmond of Elk Knob and Wanda Sears of Elk Knob and Richmond, VA.
Her family recognizes how well loved she is by her extended families from church, music and many other social circles. We know all would like to gather to remember and celebrate her life, but we also recognize how large a gathering that would be and do not feel that is safe at this time.
A closed service for family is planned to gather outdoors for a remembrance service. A Facebook page (Dorothy Lilly Memorial) has been created for all to post memories, videos, photos, songs or anything you would like to share about her. We would encourage all who knew and loved her to play a song or display a picture in honor and remembrance of her full and beautiful life.
We would like to thank the nurses and staff of Raleigh Center and Bowers Hospice House for her recent care.
In lieu of food or flowers, donations may be made to Bowers Hospice House, Hospice of Southern West Virginia or the Raleigh County Commission on Aging.