Lillie Faye Barber Bagley; also known as loving Mother, Grandma (LilyPad), and Great-Grandma, lived to be age 82. She died in Palestine, Texas on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The cause of death was complications from brain surgery a month prior.
Lillie was born on June 17, 1930 in Wilson County, Texas (City of Floresville) to parents Rudolph Otis Barber and Geneva Taylor Barber; who both preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Laura Barber; and brother, Carl Barber.
She lived in Houston, Texas the majority of her adult life, but relocated to Cayuga, Texas in 1999. She resided in Cayuga at the time of her death. She was divorced in 1982 from her children’s father, T.D. “Tee” Bagley.
She is survived by her brother, Harlus F. Barber and wife Gloria Barber with their three sons, Fred, Doug, Greg Barber; and five grand-daughters. She also is survived by daughters, Lisa Bagley Phillips and husband Mike Phillips and Johnana Bagley and her granddaughter Christina whom she raised from birth to her present age of 17 years. Surviving grandchildren include Amanda Conley, Jenna Vandefifer, Ashley Lawson, Christina Bagley, Blake Phillips, Michael Phillips and Destiney Phillips. Her survivors also include great-grandchildren, Caleb Speckmann, Aiyana Conley and Jonathan Conley Jr.
Additionally, she is also survived by her loving best friend, Dorothy Holmes and the entire Holmes family. She and Dorothy have been best of friends, just like sisters, for 55 years.
We are thankful for the Holmes family and the love and dedication that began so long ago.
She was employed her entire life, with the exception of her child-rearing years. She worked until Oct. 31, 2012 at Texas Department of Criminal Justice, at which time she retired after seven years, seven months service. She was highly admired and regarded at all places of employment.
Lillie will be remembered for her deep love, caring and dedication for her family and close friends, as well as for her intelligence, determination, outstanding mental strengths, physical ability and last but not least her well-recognized sense of humor. She was a leader who started a legacy that will continue for many years to come.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Christ Community Church with Pastor Clint Bass. Christ Community Church is located at 5625 N. Loop 256, in Palestine. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery on U.S. Highway 287 N. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mike Phillips, Blake Phillips, Jonathan Conley Sr., Mike Vandefifer, Gregory Barber and Harlus Barber.
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