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Lillian Ruth (Schoen, Ketchelidis) Zelisse

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April 30, 1943 - August 28, 2015 Lillian Zelisse resided in the City of Orange in Orange County for her last 20 years. She passed away suddenly on August 28 2015 in Big Bear, California at the start of a vacation. The cause of death has not been reported yet by the San Bernardino's coroner's office. She is gone and will be missed by many. Lillian married David Zelisse at the Church of Religious Science in Redondo Beach on May 5, 2000 and she resided in the City of Orange until her passing. Lillian was born in Santa Monica, California on April 30,1943 to Clifford Schoen and Zoe Mayo a premier ballerina. Lillian spent much of her free time in her earlier years at the Warner Brothers Back Lot where her grandmother was the head costume designer. Lillian learned her numbers from a man named Clark Gable. She graduated as class valedictorian at Hamilton High School in 1961. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles until the birth of her daughter Zoe. She was an honors student and was on her High School debating team. She became fluent in five languages and travelled extensively. Her love of sports included tennis, golf,surfing, horseback riding and skiing. She always surrounded herself with loving friends and could make situations humorous. Her love of beauty was reflected in her flower garden which she designed and always cared for.. May Lillie's soul live on and her spirit continue. Lillian is survived by husband David, son Michael, daughter Zoe of Surprise (Phoenix) Arizona, sister Virginia Mapp of Pottsboro, Texas and her former husband Odysseus Ketchelidis. Cremation is planned and will be performed by the Trident Society; her ashes will be deployed off the coast of Malibu.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 13, 2015
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