Ilia Lively

  • "It is with tremendous sadness that I must say goodbye to a..."
    - Scarlett Hollingsworth
  • "I miss you so much, mom. Danny Lively (Orlando, Florida)"
  • "To all of Ilia's family: I want to extend my deepest..."
  • "I miss you, sis."
    - Nelia Powell
  • "Mrs. Lively was my spanish teacher at CPCC. She was such a..."
    - Beth Strickland

Ilia Mesa Lively MINT HILL - Ilia Mesa Lively passed away peacefully at her residence in Orlando, Fla. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the age of 68. Ilia was a resident of Mint Hill for 38 years and will be remembered as a wonderful, vibrant leader, educator, volunteer, friend, mother, and wife. Throughout her entire life, she worked tirelessly to go above and beyond for family, friends, and students. Late in life Ilia returned to the teaching profession and taught Spanish at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. She co-authored two textbooks specifically tailored to community college students. When her grandchildren came along, she promptly retired and moved her family to Orlando, Fla. to enjoy being a doting grandmother. For her two children, Meredith and Danny, she dedicated all of her time and energy to ensure that they were educated, well cared for, and loved. Encouraging her children to pursue scouting, she served in various capacities in the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and became a trainer in Mecklenburg County for both organizations, earning a Wood Badge, while her son became an Eagle Scout and her daughter received the Gold Award, the highest achievements in Scouting. She leaves behind her loving husband David, four nieces, brother Dan (Denise) Mesa and family of Gainesville and sister Nelia Powell and family of Eustis, Fla. Her son Danny remains at home with his father. Ilia's daughter Meredith and son-in-law Jay Varner reside in Orlando with her cherished grandchildren, Eli and Killian. Those wishing to remember Ilia are encouraged to make donations to Cornerstone Hospice, in lieu of flowers.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 6, 2014
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