Lillie Mae Ammerman (1921 - 2016)

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  • "Aunt Lillie Mae was an inspiration to us all. She combined..."
    - Alice Ammerman
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Lillie Mae Ammerman, 94, Cynthiana, died peacefully, Friday, July 7, 2016 at Cedar Ridge Health Care Campus.
She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Harrison County, Ky., a daughter of the late James Phillip and Mary Bailey Ammerman.
She was a 1939 graduate of Connersville High School, and Asbury College in 1943, and was a member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church.
The extended Ammerman family wishes to honor Lillie Mae's life and to also note the historical significance of her passing. She is the last child of James Phillip and Mary Bailey Ammerman to reside in Harrison County, a family which has resided in Harrison County for over 170 years.
On the family farm on Mount Vernon Pike the Ammerman family, a community in and of itself, was grounded in faith, informed and improved by education, burnished by a wondrous sense of humor never biting or degrading but observant of the oddities and juxtapositions of life, imbued with love and kindness and fulfilled by hard work, always, always, hard work. This family raised nine children to adulthood, some whose lives were dedicated to missionary work as with Lillie Mae. More than half of the Ammerman children were educators teaching at all levels of education.
Some were civil servants and farmers. From this upbringing, Lillie Mae spent a simple and fulfilling life serving others in her career of mission work in Africa, and the corresponding work of sharing those experiences at home in Kentucky and around the United States. She lived a life of faith and carried herself with confidence, a sense of adventure and a twinkle in her eye. She was as fulfilled a person as one could find, bringing great satisfaction to her life in her 94-1/2 years on this earth.
She appreciated all of the concern, care and love bestowed upon her by everyone in the Harrison County community, a community blessed with wonderful and caring people. Special appreciation must be mentioned of her Mount Hope United Methodist Church family, a rock of support to her from birth to the present. Appreciation must also be bestowed upon all of her caregivers, in particular all the caring staff at Cedar Ridge Health Campus, and to her physician, Dr. Richard Norfleet, who not only treated her as his patient, but recalled her as a personal inspiration. Finally, should one doubt that angels exist on this earth, the love and care provided to Lillie Mae by Sherry and Jenny Copes is not able to be quantified and described adequately.
Survivors include: two brothers, Clarence Ammerman of Gainsville, Fla. and Howard Ammerman of Chapel Hill, N.C.; one brother-in-law, G. Edward Henry of Louisville; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Sue White, Louisa Ammerman, Martha Henry, Joel, Frazier, Everett, Charles and James Ammerman.
Funeral services will be Monday, July 11 at 1 p.m. at Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Greg Olmstead. Burial will follow the service in Battle Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, c/o Marsha Moses, 126 Reynolds Ave., Cynthiana, KY 41031, the World Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 948 Marion, IN 46952, or Asbury University, One Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390.
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Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on July 14, 2016