Lillian Smith Chandler went to be with the Lord on Friday the 8th of September 2018.
She was born to Petra and Amelia Sasha (Smith), immigrants of Glina, Yugoslavia, and of Serbian descent. Lillian was born Feb. 12, 1928, on Mulkey Ranch outside of Salmon, Idaho, and was the 12th of 14 children.
Her father passed away when she was 5 years old, and she was raised by her mother and older siblings and received her education in the Salmon area. When she was young, the family would gather together, play the guitar and sing.
Lillian left home at 18, traveled between jobs, met and later married Alan Eugene Chandler in Corvallis on June 12, 1949. To this union was born three children, Alan David, Pamela Jean and Tonya Sue.
In 1952, the family moved from Corvallis to Valsetz, eventually settling in Dallas in 1957.
For 30 years, Lillian worked in the winter months for Oregon Nut Exchange, later called Blue Diamond. In the summer months, for 16 years, she worked for Oregon Fruit Products in West Salem, retiring in 1992.
Lillian and Alan bought a travel trailer and traveled extensively, Canada to Alaska, North Carolina to Alabama, with many states and national parks in between. She loved to travel, picnic and camp with her family and friends. They were all very important to her and she loved them all.
She was baptized in 1964 in the Evangelical Church of North America and later attended Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas, and then worshiped at Lakepoint Community Church in Keizer until the time of her death.
Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, Petra and Amelia Smith; her brothers Pete, Sam, Eli and George, all of Salmon, Idaho; Sister Mary Garland, of Ohio, and Eva McGraw, of May, Idaho; baby sister Droeya and baby twins who died at birth; and her husband Alan Eugene “Gene” Chandler, who passed away in December 2010.
Lillian is survived by her son, Alan David, of Vancouver, Washington; and her daughters Pamela Jean Manville (Robert), of Phenix City, Alabama, and Tonya Sue Wilkerson, of Dallas; grandchildren Rachel (Manville) Shead (Leo), of Stamford, England, Cara (Chandler) Lane (Jeff), of San Diego, Alyssa (Chandler) Adams (Cody), of Seattle, Isaac Wilkerson (Lindsay), of West Salem, Audrey Wilkerson, of Salem, and Sam Wilkerson, of Keizer. Lillian is also survived by her great-grandchildren David Chandler Lane, Kaia D Maile Adams, Dylan Isaac Lane, Jacob Scott Wilkerson, Ethan Christopher Robert Shead, Malia Ashlynne Lane, Hannah Lillian Shead and Daniel Eugene Lane.
Lillian is also survived by her brother Bob Smith (Salmon, Idaho), Millie Vaughn (Dallas, Oregon), Ralph Smith (Sweet Home, Oregon) and Marie Dermengiev (Pacific City, Oregon) and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will take place at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Centre on Friday, 14th of September at 11 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Lake Point Community Church (youth) in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. www.dallastribute.com.