Lillian M. Tolly
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Lillian M. Tolly, 79, of Hope, was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 6, 2014. She was born on Nov. 2, 1934, in Midland, to the late John A. and Flossie J. (Myers) Whitmer. She was married to Milton C. Tolly on Jan. 12, 1952, who preceded her in death April 23, 2011.

Lillian was a homemaker and a clerk at the Community Drug Store. She was an actively involved member at Hope Baptist Church, where she was also the church janitor for over 30 years. Lillian loved knitting, quilting, crocheting and was a great cook.

Lillian is survived by her son, John (Kathy) Tolly; and daughters, Bethany (Paul) McCurley, Janet (Ted) Herner, Dawn (Tye) Rausch, Marla (Matthew) Hanna and Paula Tolly. She is also survived by her brother, Daniel (Claudia) Whitmer; sister, Barbara (James) Andrist; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Lillian was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Whitmer and Olan Whitmer.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Hope Baptist Church, with Pastor Neil Wiggins officiating. Visitation will be at Smith-Miner Funeral Home on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 4-7 p.m., and Friday at the church, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Hope Baptist Church. On-line condolences can be given at

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Published in Midland Daily News on Apr. 8, 2014.
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April 10, 2014
I am sorry for your temporary loss as I understand my Mother's joy at reuniting with her best (female) friend. I will never forget and think often about Lillian and Milton's loving, acceptance and encouragement of me. A real picture of our savior.
April 9, 2014
Audiene, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Rick and Lori Enszer
April 8, 2014
Heavens choir :just got a new member. Mlton and lilian now re joined together to sing praises to the one they served. For so many all the family my prayers will be with yous in the difficult days ahead
scott colts
April 8, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences on your sad loss of a wonderful and kindhearted Godly woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God Bless you all.
Rich Stamp
April 8, 2014
so sorry to read of your mothers passing, my prayers and thoughts are with the falmly.
Esther Stevens
April 8, 2014
heaven is a sweeter place now that Lillian has arrived. Oh the peace that passeth all understanding. May God give you all strength thru these days and may you find strength in knowing mom and dad are with Jesus now.
Diane Harper
April 8, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss!! I worked with Lillian and enjoyed every day we had. What a special person she was! R.I.P Lillian.
Ruth Albee
April 8, 2014
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Tolly family. We have known all of them for many years. Peace be with you. Mid-Michigan Eye Care
April 8, 2014
To the Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty Swanton Tammy & Richard Gillis
Tammy Gillis
April 8, 2014
I'm truly sorry for your loss. Lillian was wonderful to my mother, and truly a saintly person. She will be missed.

Mary (Boots) Spindler
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