AUBURN — Lilla Mae Hodgson Taylor Gillis, 82, completed her lifelong puzzle when she placed the last piece in place on Jan. 12. Lilla was surrounded by her family during her final journey while at the Androscoggin Hospice House.

Lilla was born in Roxbury, June 12, 1928, the daughter of Leroy Hodgson and Thelma Glover. She was fortunate to have another father in her life, Joseph Hickey.

Lilla attended schools in Auburn and Rumford. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Snowshoe Club for many years. Over the years, she was also a member of the Eagles Club, the Rumford/Mexico Women’s Horseshoe league and she also played on many bowling leagues at Oxford Lanes.

She worked as a clipper at J.A. Thurston Co. for more than 30 years. She also worked in area shoe shops, Diamond Match, and as a volunteer for the Rumford information booth.

Lilla had a zest for life and knew how to make people smile. Her spunky attitude was admired by all those that were fortunate enough to have known her. A day didn’t go by that she didn’t make a memory for someone.

Lilla is survived by her sons, George Taylor and wife, Myrtle, of Livermore Falls and Lewis Taylor of Seattle, Wash.; her daughters, Beth Soubble and husband, Mike, of Rumford, Thelma Giberson and husband, Linwood, of Rumford, Jennith Glover and husband, Chris, of Rumford, Ruth Hunt and husband, John, of Corinna and Roseanna Bradley and her fiance, Robert Vanadestine of Skowhegan; Lilla was blessed with 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and siblings, Alton Hodgson and wife, Aletha, of Rumford, Hattie Freeman and husband, John, of Byron, John Hodgson and wife, Theresa, of Rumford, Jean Arsenault of Rumford, Mavis Varnum Powell of Mexico and Jody Flagg and husband, John, of Turner.

She was predeceased by her parents; her two husbands, George “Eb” Taylor and Warren “John” Gillis; daughters, Wendy Gillis and Gail Morgan; her sister, Anne Touchette; her brother, Henry Hodgson; and a grandson, Seth Giberson.

Lilla’s family would like to thank the staff of Androscoggin Hospice House for their wonderful care and compassion.

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