Lillian Lea Garrett Bourn
Lillian Lea Garrett Bourn of Silver Creek passed away August 14, 2018, in Clinton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 19, 2018, at Wilson Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at Monticello Municipal Cemetery.
Lillian was born May 21, 1935, as the youngest child of John Napoleon Garrett and Mary Etta Lambert Garrett. She grew up in Monticello in a lively, happy family surrounded by her wonderful brothers, John, George, Dave, Tom and Dick, and her precious sister, Mary Elizabeth. She married Billy Mack Bourn August 2, 1958 in the home of Enis and Mary Elizabeth Daughdrill.
Lillian and Billy Mack enjoyed sixty years and twelve days of marriage. She has been the love of his life and he mourns her deeply. They have four children: Mary Jocelyn Doran (Mike), Cris (Mary Ann Lott), Stefan Garrett (Lydia Hudson) and Anna Eve Robinson (Steve). They have six grandchildren: Ben Cain (Brittany Hickman), Lee Cain, Christian Bourn, Jessica Bourn, Olivia Bourn and Reed Robinson, and two great grandchildren, Oliver Cain and Lillian Cain. They have many beloved nieces and nephews, of whom Davey Garrett and Kathy and Shay Daughdrill are especially beloved. She considered each niece and nephew a treasure from Heaven, and she knew that she was blessed to have them all.
Lillian and Bill made their home first in Jackson. She was a stay at home mother who loved and cherished her husband and children. She put her degree in Early Childhood Education obtained at University of Southern Mississippi to good use teaching her children and helping them to grow in spiritual, emotional and intellectual health. He children and grandchildren are eternally grateful for her loving care and teaching. Later, she taught at Southwest Academy and Alta Woods Baptist Church. She taught many preschoolers to read, write and laugh while they learned. She was a truly gifted teacher who adored her students and enjoyed her profession.
After retirement, she and Billy Mack moved back to his family’s home place in Silver Creek. They enjoyed several years of health and happiness until illness began to take its toll. Throughout a long illness she enjoyed life in the company of the Bourn family and the Garrett family. She always told her children how blessed they are to have these family members to help and love in all times.
Lillian died peacefully in her sleep after an extended period of declining health due to a stroke. She died in the company of her family and her nurses, whom she cared for deeply. Her love will continue to sustain her family until they meet again in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and reside forever in glory.