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Lily Fears

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My mother, Lily Fears, was an amazing woman. With my father’s help, she raised four kids, Michael, Joe, Debra and Philip, in a two bedroom house. She also had David Timothy, who died at birth in 1959. She began her journey in Palisades, WA on May 18, 1922, with Mary Lee (Gillespie) and Jacob J. Reimer, the third of their five children. Her journey ended on May 21, 2009, in Wenatchee, WA. Growing up, she was active in 4-H. A highlight of that time was when she was 16. That year, she was Princess Palisades, representing her community in the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival. The year before, she met the man who would later become her husband, Joseph R. Fears, who had moved to Palisades from Oklahoma. They were married on May 12, 1941, by Judge Sperline and just celebrated their 68th Wedding Anniversary. She had many different jobs during her lifetime. Many of them were centered around fruit, Kress’s, Cedergreens, Skookum, Good Turn and Phillipi’s. During WWII, she worked for Western Union as an Operator and was at Hanford when they built the bomb. She later had part of her thyroid removed due to the radiation. They lived in Wenatchee for a while, then moved to Seattle, where he took classes at the UW on the GI Bill and their oldest, Michael, started kindergarten there at age four. They returned to Wenatchee to the GI housing project, located across form Lincoln School, where their daughter, Debra, was born. Two years later, they moved to the house on Miller Street, where Ray still lives. They grew many flowers, fruits, vegetables and nuts there. From then until 1980, Ray was the Mail Carrier for Route 2-Sunnyslope. I still remember the scones which came from Mrs. Aasen, who lived on the route, at Christmas time, but I have never found the recipe. Lily was sometimes his substitute carrier. At some point, Lily went to work for Mina Firman as the office manager for Firman Pollen. At different times, I and her son, Philip, worked with her. She later had her own pollen business for a time. Though she always worked at something, she found time to be a room mother for her children’s classes. She was a Boy Scout den leader for Michael, Joe and Phil and also helped me in Girl Scouts, especially at camp, where she was known as “Shorty.” She was an avid seamstress and really enjoyed piecing together flannel baby quilts. She and I worked on the Log Cabin Quilt that was made for Wenatchee’s Centennial, which was hung in the museum. Another highlight of her adult life was when she went to Alaska with her friend, Ree Brincefield, and she caught a salmon when they went fishing. She was a lifetime member of the American Women’s Bowling Congress; the Eagles, where she loved to play Bingo; the Gingko Mineral and Rock Club Society, where she had held several offices over the years. Some of the things she cooked were fruit salad, lemon meringue pie and a walnut cake; it’s a plain white cake, split in half, frosted with whipped cream (the real stuff), with walnuts in the middle and on top. She also made a one egg cake to which huckleberries were added. These were enjoyed by several friends and family. Lily was a morally centered woman. She was a longtime Red Cross blood donor and she was proud of her Scottish and German-Dutch heritage.She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and one brother. She is survived by her husband, Ray; her four children; one brother; and eight grandchildren.At her request, there will be No Services at this time. A Memorial Service honoring Lily Fears will be held at a later date.

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