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Lucile Vernon "Tillie" Chew

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Lucile Vernon "Tillie" Chew Obituary
Chew, Lucile Vernon "Tillie"
passed away October 7, 2016 in Phoenix, aged 85. Born in New Jersey at the height of the Great Depression, the family traveled to various destinations including New York, Texas, Iowa, and eventually settled in north central Ohio. Tillie was a lifelong Episcopalian and longtime church choir member. She was Shelby High School's 1948 Homecoming Queen, and attended Ohio State University. She and her husband Matt moved to Scottsdale, Arizona from Cleveland with two young children during the fall of 1961. She devoted the 1960s and 70s to raising a family, led a Cub Scout Den, was a booster of Scottsdale (Paiute-Loloma) Little League baseball; then became an avid birder and a thirty-year volunteer bird walk leader at the Desert Botanical Garden, where she touched many lives, and the records she helped compile over the years were used by ASU researchers. Tillie was a gardener, a baker, a golfer, a baseball fan, and kept watch over many informal after-school neighborhood play sessions. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, retired Scottsdale CPA Matthew K. Chew; their sons Matt, Wyck, and Chris ("Scoob"), daughters-in-law Juliet, Deanna and Kristin; grandchildren Ben, Klayton, Skyler, and Meredith Chew, and Miranda and Jack Holst, and great-grandson Banyan Chew; and sister Chase Ernsberger of Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents John Benson and Lucile Clark and her brother John. Services will be held on October 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 2310 N 56th St. in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations be made to Desert Botanical Garden, Attention: Tribute Program, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008, or online at www.dbg.org/tributes. Please include a notation that your contribution is in memory of Tillie Chew. Funds received will support the weekly bird walk program.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2016
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