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Lourae Lile Hillyard

April 7, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lourae Lile Hillyard, 98, born Dec. 30, 1913, in Greenville, Ky., died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Lake Forest, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Rupert O. Hillyard; her father and mother, Arthur and Eliza Lile; her sister, Kate Richmond; her brother, Trent Lile; her daughter, Kathryn Reynolds; and granddaughter, Paula Hamlin.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Tom) Hamlin, and son, Rupert L. (Peggy) Hillyard. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Greenville High School in 1930; she lived in Wayne, Mich., for many years and retired to Arizona and then Cape Coral. She was a "Rosie the Riveter" in World War II starting at the Lockheed Plant in Los Angeles and then moving to the B-24 plant (Ford) in Ypsilanti, Mich. She served on the planning commission in Wayne. She loved bridge, knitting, traveling and good food. The family will sorely miss her fried chicken and cornbread.

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Lourae Lile Hillyard

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Congregational Community Church, 312 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral. Services are private. Interment will be in Greenville, Ky.

For more information, contact Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest, IL (847) 234-0022 or



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