Florence Catherine Martin Lilly
1937 ~ 2016

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 for 62.

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.

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