Florence Catherine Martin Lilly, was born in Albuquerque,
New Mexico on October 15, 1937. She was the youngest daughter
of Joseph Paul Martin and Esther Lula Pacheco. She was a
full blooded Laguna Pueblo Indian, from Paguate, New Mexico.
Her father worked for the railroad and so she spent her
early years in the Indian Camp in Barstow, California. Her
older sisters were Agnes and Jean. Florence was a bright
straight-A student. She studied the piano in Los Angeles,
California all through high school. She would take the train
into the city and spend her weekends studying. She was an
incredibly talented musician, and in addition to playing
the piano, she also played the flute, and the piccolo. In
high school she was in the school band, where she met her
future husband, John G. Lilly. They were high school sweethearts
who married just two weeks after graduation in Las Vegas,
Nevada, in 1956. They were married for 60 years and together
They had both a daughter and a son, Leslie Ann and John
Paul. In total, Florence has 16 grandchildren and 16 great
grandchildren (with one on the way). While she earned her
bachelor’s degree in English from California Lutheran
College, Florence continued to follow her heart and worked
from the home as a private music teacher.
She was a passionate woman who loved her family, her friends,
her music, and her sweets, especially Dr. Pepper and Werther’s.
She also had many hobbies and talents such as cross-stitching,
crocheting, and gardening. She loved to read, to play solitaire,
and solve her plethora of puzzle books.
She is survived by her husband, John Lilly, her children,
Leslie Curtis and JP Lilly, her 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren,
and her sister, Jean Martinez.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016
at 11:00 am at the Moyle Park LDS Ward Chapel, 1125 East
Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call
Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior
to services. Interment will be at the Alpine City Cemetery.