She moved to suburban Detroit in the early 1940s to find work and quickly met and married her first husband William Warburton in September of 1943. William Jr, her only child, was born in November of 1944. When he started school full time, she went to work for General Motors Corporation, not a common thing to do at the time. Lillian worked for 33 years and retired as an Executive Assistant, a senior position for a woman in the corporate workplace.
William Sr passed away in 1974 and she married Pete Wollam in 1988, a few years after her retirement from General Motors. Lillian and Pete moved to the Tampa, Florida area in 1988, enjoying 17 years of retirement together. They played lots of golf, worked to raise money for various charities and traveled some as well. Pete passed away in 2005 at the age of 93.
Lillian was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lived with its progression the last 12 years of her life. She lived in three assisted living facilities and with her son and daughter-in-law the last three years of her life. When she became seriously ill, hospice was a critical part of her care. Lillian died in April of 2013 at the age of 93 after a life well lived!