Lillis A. Weber
After a bout of pneumonia and a long battle with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Lillis A. Weber died Jan. 21. She lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly lived in Renfrew.
Lillis loved to play with numbers. They jumped around in her head like a circus clown. As a high school math teacher, first in Georgia, then in Virginia and New Jersey, and later Florida, she had a lot of fun making little tunes and funny rhymes to help her students remember important math rules.
In her spare time, she loved to shop. There was not a sale within a 50-mile radius that Lillis did not find. She could smell a bargain anywhere and was rather proud of that fact.
When she was not shopping, she was sewing. She made clothes, drapes, slipcovers and anything that needed some pretty fabric. It made her feel useful as well as thrifty and it gave her a sense of accomplishment.
Lillis, born Lillias Ann Jane Gibson, in suburban Toronto, Canada, on Sept. 22, 1936, prided herself with her wit and intelligence. She skipped two grades and attended the University of Pittsburgh at the tender age of 16. That is where she met her late husband, John M. Weber Sr.
Ironically, the two met when Lillis went to John seeking extra help in calculus. She passed the final exam with flying colors. He, unfortunately, flunked and had to take the course again in summer school. They both graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in June 1956 and subsequently married that August. By November 1957, Lillis renounced her Canadian citizenship and became a naturalized U.S. citizen with her name officially changed from its original spelling.
Lillis was predeceased by her father, Frederick Saunders Gibson and her mother, Ann Fleming Henderson Young. Her husband, John M. Weber Sr., passed away in December 2011.
She leaves behind her daughter, Debora Weber-Wulff of Berlin, Germany; her son, Keith Weber of Houston, Texas; and her son, John Jr. of Fairfield, Conn. She also leaves her four grandchildren, Rade Wulff and Kaye, Suzanna and Norah Weber.
WEBER - A memorial service is planned in February for Lillis A. Weber at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Conn. She died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Her cremains will be laid to rest, next to her husband in Butler in the summer.
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in lieu of flowers.