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In Memory of

Marcella S. LILLY

March 14, 1933 - September 30, 2017

Obituary


Lilly, Marcella Seymour, 84, a resident of Greenwich, CT for over 50 years passed away after a brief illness on September 30th, 2017 at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY surrounded by her loving family.

Marcella was the daughter of the late Marcella and Bartholomew A. Seymour of Grosse Pointe, MI. Born in Grosse Pointe, she graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and received her masters in education from the University of Detroit. She married John R. Lilly and lived briefly in Grosse Pointe, MI and Wellesley, MA...

Lilly, Marcella Seymour, 84, a resident of Greenwich, CT for over 50 years passed away after a brief illness on September 30th, 2017 at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY surrounded by her loving family.

Marcella was the daughter of the late Marcella and Bartholomew A. Seymour of Grosse Pointe, MI. Born in Grosse Pointe, she graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart, Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and received her masters in education from the University of Detroit. She married John R. Lilly and lived briefly in Grosse Pointe, MI and Wellesley, MA before settling down in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Lilly died on October 19th, 2004.

Marcella was pre-deceased by her loving mother and father, and her sisters Kathleen Anderson, Isabel Fitzer, and Dorothy Seymour.

Marcella is survived by the family she loved: her two children, Marcella L. Dresdale and her husband, Richard C. Dresdale of Bronxville, NY, and John R. Lilly, Jr. and his wife, Sharon Harrison Lilly of Greenwich, CT, a brother, B. A. Seymour II and his wife, Suzanne Seymour, of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, and 4 grandchildren: Marcella Elizabeth Dresdale, Richard Conrad Dresdale Jr., Michael Brennan Dresdale, and Alexandra Katherine Ruth Lilly.

Affectionately known as Mums, she will be sorely missed by her family and all those she influenced through her warm and welcoming spirit, cheerful disposition, gracious hospitality, generosity, and strong faith. She never complained notwithstanding the challenges confronted. Marcella was a member of Riverside Yacht Club and longtime communicant of both Saint Mary and St. Catherine of Sienna churches. Marcella devoted her life to others through teaching and her volunteer efforts. She served as an English teacher in Greenwich and Florida. She was actively involved in The Junior League of Greenwich and Grosse Pointe; a member of the Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund where she hosted children from New York City each summer; and a dedicated volunteer with Pro Christo Laborentes, where she wrapped bandages for victims of Hansen's disease until it was virtually eradicated. Marcella was an active supporter of Sacred Heart Greenwich, Malvern Prep, and Villanova University. In her later year's, Marcella devoted her time to creating "works of love." She made matching hats, sweaters, and baptismal gowns for premature infants born at Greenwich Hospital and she knitted hats and sweaters for Saint Mary's Giving Tree. When she was not helping others, Marcella enjoyed spending time with her friends, participating in various book clubs, summering in Watch Hill, RI, and was an active part of her grandchildren's lives.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, at Saint Mary Church, 178 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830. The Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Headmistress Joan Magnetti Financial Aid Endowment Fund, Sacred Heart Greenwich, 1177 King Street, Greenwich, CT 06831.