MOUNT VERNON — Lillian Iona (Proper) Willis, 93, of Mount Vernon, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at The Ohio Eastern Star Home surrounded by her family.

She was born June 14, 1925, in Coshocton County to the late Claude Jacob and Ella May (Wallace) Proper.

Lillian was a former employee of American National Can and a member and first Granny at Colonial City Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Phillip) Frost; two grandchildren, Claudia (James) Justice of Mount Vernon and Matthew Frost of Lakewood; two great-grandchildren, James (Kelli) Justice and Mary (Mark) Glenn of Pataskala; five great-great-grandchildren, MJ, Myleigh, Miles, McKinley and Mia Glenn; along with several nieces and nephews; and her very special friend, Connie Jackson.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Carl Taylor who died in World War II and Thomas Willis; two sisters and eight brothers.

Friends may call Monday, Sept. 24, from 10–11 a.m. at Colonial City Baptist Church, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with her grandson Pastor Mark Glenn, Pastor Jon Whisner and Pastor Dan Whisner officiating. Burial will be in Mound View Cemetery.

The Lasater Funeral Home is handling the funeral services for the Willis family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Colonial City Baptist Church, 7530 Johnstown Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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