Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson

30 Sep 1912 - 9 Feb 2008


Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson

30 Sep 1912 - 9 Feb 2008
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson, our dearly loved mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Provo, Utah.She was born and reared in Greenville, South Carolina on Sept. 30, 1912 to Joseph Elijah Deaton and Alice Haseltine (Hassie) Summey Deaton. During the early ye
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson


Timpanogos Memorial Gardens

1007 N 475 E
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States

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Married July 17, 1939, Sealed July 27, 1939. Children Lillie, Cynthia and Breta

Amy Robbins-Tjaden

April 28, 2019


June 3, 2011

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Contributor: 8isenuf Created: 7 years ago Updated: 4 weeks ago

Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson, our dearly loved mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Provo, Utah.

She was born and reared in Greenville, South Carolina on Sept. 30, 1912 to Joseph Elijah Deaton and Alice Haseltine (Hassie) Summey Deaton. During the early years of her young adult life she moved to New York City where she lived about four years. In 1937 she came home to South Carolina where she was living when she received her call to serve in the Southern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While serving her mission she received a letter from her Mission President that she was being transferred and that a missionary, President Benjamin Wilkerson, would be her District President. She later recalled that "although I had never seen nor heard of Pres. Wilkerson prior to this, I told my companion that I was going to marry him." 

After successfully completing their missions, Lillie married Benjamin Workman Wilkerson and they were sealed in the Logan Temple July 27, 1939. To their home came three little girls, Lillie, Cynthia and Breta. Lillie and Ben made the state of South Carolina their home from 1941 to 2002 when they moved to Orem, Utah. Lilliam Mae Wilkerson served faithfully in the LDS Church all of her life. She held numerous leadership positions in all female auxiliaries of the church as well as other callings and faithfully supported her husband in his many leadership roles as Stake President, Bishop and Stake Patriarch. Through all of her many years of faithful service, the greatest service she performed for her family was teaching us the truthfulness of the gospel, of protecting us from evil, and of making our home a little piece of heaven on earth. 

She is survived by her three daughters, Lillie (Terry) Compton, Cynthia (David) Shaw and Breta (Nile) Sorenson; her sisters Hazel Deaton White of Cowpens, South Carolina; and Irene Deaton Aaron of Charlotte, North Carolina; as well as 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The legacy is long and the heritage is rich that Lillie Wilkerson left to her posterity. We, "Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all" (Proverbs 31:28-29). 

Friends may call on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street in Orem, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to a Private Family Service. 
Interment will be in the Timpanogos Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Orem, Utah.
Published in the Deseret News on 2/13/2008.

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Contributor: Amy Robbins-Tjaden Created: 4 weeks ago Updated: 4 weeks ago

Hobbies: crocheting, counted cross stitch, sewing, reading about English history, most recently I've added photography and family history. Traditions: After we moved to Utah Grandmother and Granddaddy Wilkerson would come to Utah every year from Christmas. On Christmas Eve we would have a large Christmas Eve dinner with my Aunt Cindy and her family. Then Granddaddy would read from Luke and we would act our the nativity. Afterward we would go Christmas Caroling. Singing Christmas Carols always makes me miss my grandparents and brings tears to my eyes. In my current family we spent Christmas Eve's with just the 4 of us most of the time (sometimes we got together with friends). We would have a Christmas Eve dinner, read from 3 Nephi and/or Luke about he birth of the Savior and when the children were younger they would act out the nativity. We didn't cook a large meal on Christmas Day, we usually just ate leftovers and rested. The children liked to choose where Santa would leave their presents. They would pick out a spot before going to bed. When they got older the presents from Santa just appeared under the tree through the month of December. The children liked to number the presents in the order they were going to open them.

Story written to my Grandmother Wilkerson

Contributor: Amy Robbins-Tjaden Created: 4 weeks ago Updated: 4 weeks ago

This was probably written by me after my grandfathers death in 2004. Once upon a time, in the pre-existence, there lived a little spirit named Kaye. She followed other spirits around talking to them all the time! She was so excited because she was getting ready to be borne to goodly parents and loving grandparents. The day finally arrived and she was born to Lillie and Terry Compton with Ben and Lillie Wilkerson waiting in the background to see their first grandchild! She had a little round face, blonde hair and blue eyes. The memory of her infancy is limited only to stories she was told by her parents, grandparents, and aunts. She didn't know it then, but she had a special blessing. This blessing was to have almost a heaven on earth. And this special place was her grandparent’s home. A place where she was loved by all and she knew it! As she grew up she would spend the night at her grandmother and granddaddy’s house. She learned to drink Postum by eating Saturday morning breakfast with her granddaddy. He tried to teach her to enjoy her egg yolk, but that would come later as she grew up. Her grandmother always kept a bag of snickers candy bars on the ironing board in the dinning room and she always looked forward to them. She had nicknames like “Blonde Beauty”, “Katie Koo”, and “Katie Did”. She remembers playing on the brick wall in the back yard. She is ashamed to remember that when her granddaddy asked her to pick up the pinecones she did not do it cheerfully, even when he offered to pay. One particular thunder and lightening storm stands out. She and her brother Ben were so scared and their grandmother took them to her room and they all laid together in the bed as she soothed their fears. Her grandmother told stories of the little cobbler in heaven hammering shoes on his table and that is why we heard thunder. She remembers sitting by her grandmother and feeling her soft skin on her hands and arms. How she loved to sit with her grandmother! Her granddaddy was the champion rubber. She would lay across his legs and he would rub her back. He told her she reminded him of pig on the farm that loved getting scratched. Her granddaddy rubbed so well that her own father could not compete. To this day she loves to be rubbed and her husband rubs her to sleep every night. She even carried on the tradition with her babies and they were always rubbed and her son still loves to be rubbed. The first time she bore her testimony her granddaddy was sitting on the stand. After she turned away from the microphone she got up on his lap and cried like she had been during her testimony. One day this little girl had to leave her grandparents and move to Utah. She cried all the way to Tennessee! But, no matter how far away she went she never lost her bond with her grandparents. Her grandmother wrote letters and sent cards (many of which she still has). As time went on she started growing up. When she was old enough her granddaddy was able to give her her patriarchal blessing. What a thrill that was and still is. It is a precious gift from Heavenly Father to have her blessing from her granddaddy. Soon she was old enough to date and marry. She chose a fine young man named Michael. They were married in the Provo Temple in the presence of her loved ones including her grandparents. Soon Kaye added a beautiful daughter Elizabeth to her family. This was her grandparent’s first great grandchild. Christopher was born 4 years after Elizabeth. These two children were so blessed to have a relationship with their great-grandparents. In the summer of 2001 Elizabeth and Christopher spent a stormy afternoon with their grandparents just as their mother Kaye had done when she was little. Christopher depended on his grandmother’s comfort and prayer to get him through the difficult storm. Now as her grandparent’s lives draw to a close Kaye remembers and ponders the many experiences she shared with them over the past 40 years. What a blessing they have been in her life. They were the rock and stability when the storms tossed around her. Along with Kaye’s wonderful parents she was taught the gospel and how to withstand and endure the temptations and trials of this life. Although they will be gone from this earth life she waits for the reunion when they can all be together again. “God be with you till we meet again”. Written by the little girl Kaye with her love and affection. P.S. Grandmother, while Granddaddy is preaching the gospel in the Spirit Paradise you promised to come sit with me sometimes while I struggle through this life. This was probably written by me after my grandfathers death in 2004.

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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was born on 30 Sep 1912
Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 17 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 27 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 29 years old when World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, intending to neutralize the United States Pacific Fleet from influencing the war Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 41 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 51 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 60 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 70 years old when Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was released. Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson was 87 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
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Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson died on 9 Feb 2008 at the age of 95
Grave record for Lillie Mae Deaton Wilkerson (30 Sep 1912 - 9 Feb 2008), BillionGraves Record 30763271 Orem, Utah, Utah, United States