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Lillian F. Oakes, 73, passed away Tuesday, March 6, at Goshen General from heart failure.
She was born Feb. 23, 1945, in Millersburg, to Moses E. and Goldie Fern (Miller) Mast.
She married Randall Kent Oakes June 25, 1977, in Elkhart. Randall just passed away Jan. 19.
Surviving are three sons, James (Cindy) Zellers, Quinton "Tony" (Shannon) Oakes, Kevin (Amy) Oakes; two daughters, Tina (David) Schulz, Rita (Aaron) Tiffany; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn (Carl) Pendill, Erma I. Yakim; and brother, Alvin Mast.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters.
Lillian ran a home day care for 21 years and then retired from Homecrest Corporation after 10 years.
She was a member of the Red Hat Society and an active member of Sugar Grove Church and the Sunday school.
She enjoyed camping, bowling, collecting lighthouses and was very family oriented, always putting others needs before hers. She wore her title of wife, mom and maw maw with great pride. Hundreds of kids came through her doors and were all loved as her own.
She had the most amazing laugh, a wonderful sense of humor, a fiery spirit and made the most amazing potato salad. She had the greatest ability to forgive and see the good in others.
She also had gumption. On the morning of her ninth-grade year, she defied her parents and continued her education, graduating in 1964 from Millersburg High School.
But most of all, she was by far more precious than jewels, for God had her in mind when he spoke to Proverbs 31:10-31.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Sugar Grove Church, 58512 Old C.R. 17, Goshen.
Services celebrating Lillian's life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, with visitation one hour prior to the service, also at Sugar Grove Church. Pastor Tony Tice will officiate.
Per her wishes, cremation will follow with interment at a later date at the Veteran's Tower, Prairie Street Cemetery.
The family kindly requests memorial contributions be made in Lillian's memory to Sugar Grove Church.
Arrangements are under the care of Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart.
Published on March 8, 2018
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