Lillian Izetta McElroy Hawkins Jones was born on July 3, 1928, to Charles Henry and Elizabeth "Muddy" Frazier McElroy.
Visitation will Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Willow Street Christian Church Hannibal. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., with Reverend Minnie Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Lillian was married to Walter Sanford Hawkins in 1949 and to this union a daughter, Valerie Irene Hawkins (Shaw) was born. Walter passed in 1980. On July 2, 1994 Lillian married Gerald "Jerry" Clifton Jones. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2011.
Survivors include two sons, Retired CW4 Patrick M. McElroy (Margarete) of Leimen, West Germany and William Matthew Hawkins (Georgiana) of Hannibal; one daughter, Valerie Irene Shaw of Columbia; one stepson, Harry Perkins of Hannibal; nine grandchildren, Garrett Shaw (Tilita), Michael Shaw (Ryana), Angela Williams (Aaron), Matthew West (Tamara), Tisha Fritz (John), Neil Vaughn (Dana), Adam Sidner, Matthew M Hawkins and Jaylon Perkins; thirteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Lillian was preceded in death by one son, Charles Markus Hawkins; her parents; and 11 siblings, Mildred Smith, Helmuth (Doll) McElroy, Gerald McElroy, Henry McElroy, Mary McElroy, Nadine McElroy, Vivian McElroy, Carrie McElroy, Charles McElroy Jr., Xanthese D. Hall, and Alonzo Hall.; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
Lillian was a life-long member of Willow Street Christian Church and was passionately dedicated to her church and community. She graduated from her beloved Douglass School in 1946. In 1985, Lillian and several other Douglass graduates established the Douglass Scholarship Fund which awarded scholarships to high school students. Her education included completing training at Madam C J Walker Cosmetology College in Chicago as well as vocal classes at the American Conservatory of Music.
Lillian was employed by the Head Start Program for 21 years, was an advertising representative for the Hannibal Courier-Post for 19 years and as Coordinator of the Foster Grandparent Program until she retired at the age of 83.
She and her beloved husband, Jerry, cherished long rides in the country and making the family hot tamale recipe. Lillian loved her family and having large family dinners was a favorite. She adored her grandchildren and was dedicated to being a loving grandmother and the family matriarch. Lillian taught her family to care for others, to be thoughtful, to show empathy, and to treat others the way you want to be treated. Lillian especially loved gardening, cooking and the television show The Price Is Right.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all kindness. Special thanks to the Luther Manor Retirement Center, Community Loving Care Hospice (Kayla and Anita), and the Willow Street Christian Church for your kindness and care.
Memorials may be made to Willow Street Christian Church. P.O. Box 1169, Hannibal, Mo. 63401. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com.