portrait picture for Lillian Iliff

Services:

Calling hours are at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, Friday, July 26th from 4PM to6PM. Memorial will be private.

Donations:

Donations may be made to Whittingham Cancer Center Research Department, 30 Maple Street, Norwalk,CT or VNA and Hospice of Fairfield County, PO Box 489, Wilton,CT.

Lillian Iliff


April 1, 1935 - July 22, 2019

Lillian Iliff, beloved wife of the late Robert Iliff Sr. died peacefully on Monday, July 22 surrounded by her family. She was born in Norwalk on April 1st, 1935 to the late Frank and Fanny Warren.

She was a graduate of Norwalk Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She worked as a private duty nurse, office nurse and school nurse/visiting nurse for Wilton VNA. She then became the occupational nurse for Richardson Vicks and helped develop their medical department.

She was affectionately known as “Meems” to all her grandchildren and their friends. No-one could walk into the house without her saying “Do you want a sandwich?” or offering up whatever she was cooking or baking. She adored her family and they adored her.

She is survived by her son Robert (Debbie) Iliff and her daughter Valarie (Mel) Solis. As well as her grandchildren Danny and Sarah Iliff, Mike (Kai) Solis, Justin (Kate) Solis, and Lindsay (Kelli) Solis. Great-grandchildren Kaleb Iliff, Savannah and Sienna Solis, River Solis, Bella Cochia, and Shane and Ryan Solis. Also her honorary grandchildren Jacqui, Kelsey and Maddie Locher to whom she was known as “Lilypad”.

 She was pre-deceased by her brothers Sherwood and Frank, sister Catherine and grandson Benjamin Iliff.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of the Whittingham Cancer Center and VNA and Hospice of Fairfield County for their wonderful care and support.

Calling hours are at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, Friday, July 26th from 4PM to6PM. Memorial will be private.

Donations may be made to Whittingham Cancer Center Research Department, 30 Maple Street, Norwalk,CT or VNA and Hospice of Fairfield County, PO Box 489, Wilton,CT.

  1. Mrs. Iliff, as i knew her. Growing up with her daughter valarie (who followed in her mom’s footsteps) we were best of friends. I spent many hours and nights at the iliffs house and at the cabin.. Mrs. Iliff always had the prettiest smile. Whaaat a proper lady she was. To her children, val and Bobby, i know how very dear your mom was to you a and clearly a very proud mom, grandmom and great grandmom. Whaaat a beautiful life for a beautiful lady. My love to all of you at this time of sadness and lus. But angels are near and hovering closely. You’r mom is in their gentle hands now. Prayers and good health to all.
    Very fondly,
    Melinda (Mccandlish) Holmes

    July 25, 2019
    Melinda mccandlish holmes -
  • Dear Family,
    Lillian as I knew her was the nurse to go to at Richadson-Vicks if you had a medical need at work. She was knowledgeable, compassionate and fun to know. We had a number of good, professional times together that were very memorable to me that I treasure to this day. I am grateful to have been a part of her life. May she rest in peace
    Kirk Garber

    July 25, 2019
    Kirk Garber -
  • Lillian was such a lovely woman. I remember her vividly from when she worked for my father as his office nurse. She was unflappable and so good natured. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. So sorry Val and Bobby for your loss.
    Myra Skluth

    July 25, 2019
    Myra Skluth MD -
  • When Richardson-Merrell, later Richardson-Vicks, relocated from NYC to Wilton in October 1974, there were a few of us 20-something, single women who weren’t quite sure of what such a change from city to suburbs would mean. When Lillian was hired to transform the Medical Department into a full scale, professional operation, we knew we’d found our friend. A Norwalk native and “mom” to everyone, she taught us how to entertain in our small apartments (I still use two of her recipes!). When “Gone With The Wind” was going to be shown on TV for the first time, those of us with only small black & white TV’s were invited over to watch it at her home, in color! And we all shared in her family joys as weddings and grandchildren came along. Whether she was getting us ready for an international business trip, taking care of our annual wellness exam, or just listening on a bad day, she did it all with grace and professionalism. And as the inevitable corporate changes came, she was supportive and understanding. I look at her photo on this website, and even with the passing of years, I see the Lillian I knew.

    July 26, 2019
    Maddy Sidelnik Duerr, Hillsborough NJ -
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