Lillie Riley Stanford
1922 - 2009
Lillie Riley Stanford, 87, of Payson, died July 8, 2009 at Hospice Friendship Village in Tempe. She was born May 12, 1922 in Oakland, Calif. to Frank and Lillie Uher and was the youngest of three children.
In July of 1942 she married William J. Gibson in St. Louis, Mo. Together they raised their two boys, David and William in Oakland, Calif.
After the death of her first husband, she met and married the late Francis Wheeler Stanford.
In 2004 she moved to Payson to be closer to her family. There she was an active member of her community and especially loved volunteering at Payson Regional Medical Center as a pink lady.
She also volunteered for the Payson Art Association and was a subscriber to the Tonto Community Concert Association. She was also a member of the Chaparral Pines Country Club where she enjoyed many events and Sunday brunches.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frantisek (Frank) Uher and Lillie Riley Uher; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Ann Uher; sister, Helen Forehand; husband, William Gibson; husband, Francis Stanford; and son, David Gibson.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Pam Gibson; daughter-in-law, Joanne Gibson; grandchildren and their spouses; great-grandchildren; nephews; and her life-long friend, Winnie Colwell.
Memorial funds have been set up to honor Mrs. Stanford’s life in her name, Lillie R. Stanford, for Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or (630) 530-6992 or www.hov.org and Payson Christian Clinic, 701 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, AZ 85541.
In addition, to celebrate this beautiful woman, please take a friend to dinner, call someone you love, or commit a random act of kindness.