Lillian May Feldsine, 82, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, passed away on April 24, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lillian was born on May 13, 1936 in Ossining, NY. She was the third child of the late Rupert Lawrence Cote and Lillian May Cote. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Bertha “Be” Cote Tomlins and Edward Cote, her half-brother Walter Berkley and her greatgranddaughter, Alana Feldsine.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Stanley Martin Feldsine, Jr.; two sons, Stan Feldsine, 3rd (Cindy) and David Feldsine (Mary Ann); three daughters, Marjorie Meehan (Pete), Lorraine Lawrence (Steve), and Mary Bryson (Jeff); 14 grandchildren, Wesley Feldsine, Leila Feldsine McGaughey (Kevin), Elizabeth Meehan Sax (Brandon), Scott, Jackie and Kerri Meehan, Charlotte, Lillian and Holly Lawrence, Caitie Bryson, Kelly Bryson Stewart (Jeff), Brian Bryson, Dustin and Cote Feldsine; plus 13 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Elijah, Xavier and Serenity McGaughey; Aidan, Regan, Grayson and Kaelynn Sax; Anne Meehan; Emily Molina; Scarlett, Quinn and Fiona Stewart.
After graduating from high school in 1954 in Poughkeepsie, NY, Lillian started a short career at IBM in Poughkeepsie. Almost immediately she met Stan, who started at IBM only a couple of weeks earlier. True love followed and the two were married the following July 27th, 1955. Over the next several years, the couple was blessed with 5 children. She has since been a homemaker and mother, happily taking care of all her family’s needs as they moved from Poughkeepsie, NY, to Carmel, NY, spent 2 years in California, moved back to Carmel, on to Tucson, AZ, and finally Lake Havasu City, AZ, where the couple have lived for the last 20 years.
Throughout the years, Lillian was a member and the president of the Twin Mother’s Club in Poughkeepsie, NY, a Girl Scout leader for many years in NY and also was a member of the Elks Wives bowling team in Tucson. She volunteered with an organization where dogs were brought into nursing homes to visit the elderly and ill. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats and her hobbies included luring unsuspecting animals, such as bunnies, antelope squirrels and birds closer so she could take their pictures. She also loved growing plants and puttering in her garden. She kept a beautiful garden for most of her life and loved all animals (and even trained one of the family dogs to stay in an unfenced yard). After her last dog, Pooh-Bear, passed many years ago, Lillian traded domesticated pets for wild animals and made her yard a sanctuary for birds, rabbits, and ground squirrels. She especially loved hummingbirds. She and Stan crossed the country not once but twice together on a motorcycle and another time by car. This little woman with strong steady hands was the best shot in the shooting range on the occasion she went shooting with her husband. In her later years she enjoyed working on puzzles with her grandchildren and found a great deal of joy in watching the birds in her yard. Her biggest joy, however, was spending time with her family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Havasu.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Lillian’s Life. The celebration will be held at The Refuge Country Club, 3103 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City, on Saturday, May 11th, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, with the eulogy beginning at 6:00. Casual attire.
The Eulogy can be found HERE.