Dec. 21, 1935 — April 7, 2020
Lillian was born Dec. 21, 1935, on a farm near Lamoni, IA to the late William E. and Corene (McDowell) Sams.
On Jan. 21, 1955, she married Oliver H. Townsley Jr.
In 2001, after 33 years, Lillian retired from Simplicity Pattern Co. Lillian and Oliver owned Dental Art’s Lab in South Bend.
She absolutely loved spending time with her family, cherishing every moment she had with each of them. Lillian also loved to collect plates and dolls.
She is survived by her children, William (Edith) Townsley, Teresa (Gary) Adams, Brian Townsley; grandchildren, Ryan (Amy) Adams, Josh (Brittany) Townsley, Brandon (Alyssa) Townsley, Jessica Townsley, Jennifer (Robert) Hibbard; great-grandchildren, Ian “Q” Adams, Ava Adams, Peyton Townsley, Cooper Townsley, Elizabeth Hibbard; sisters, Betty Coulson, Shirley Prall; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her is death are her parents, William and Corene; husband, Oliver in 1999; three infant brothers; brother, Roy Sams in 2000; and sister, Ruth Price in 2014.
Family wants to send a special thank you to the hospice caregivers.
Memorial donations may be made to Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085 and Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St., Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan.
Online condolences may be made at hovenfunerals.com.