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May 15, 2024 - 00:00
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Virginia Ray Glaeser Lilie, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home on May 9, 2024. Virginia was born to Walter & Nola Krause Glaeser on Nov. 7, 1936 in New Ulm, Texas. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1955 and a few months later on Aug. 28 married her love Douglas W. Lilie.

They were blessed with two sons, Kevin and Kenton. She was active as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Band Club Member, a member of the Young Homemakers & Home Demonstrations organization, Little League Auxiliary, Member of Hermann Sons Lodge #10, Colorado County Sportsman’s Association, Texas German Society of Colorado County, and Unser Deutscher Saenger (German Choir). She worked many years in various places as an administrative assistant the last 30 +years at First United Methodist Church in Columbus. She and Douglas enjoyed leading many weddings and anniversary grand marches. She made a special effort to “design” each march to accommodate participants and the hall.

Virginia was preceded in death by parents Walter and Nola Glaeser, Sr, and sister-in-law Ruth Glaeser.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years Douglas W. Lilie, sons, and daughters-in-law; Kevin and Tracy Lilie; Kenton and Beverly Lilie. Six Grandchildren: Matthew (Sarah) Lilie; Nicole (Jon) Kramer; Craig (Alyse) Lilie; Kara (Blake) Chunda; Colton (Emily) Lilie and Weston Lilie. 8 great-grandchildren: Addison, Austin, and AJ Lilie; Emalyn, Annabelle, Rosemary, and Julianne Lilie; Landon Chunda; and brother Walter E. Glaeser, Jr. along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 2 p.m. Burial was in Zoar Lutheran Cemetery, Mentz, Texas.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam St., Columbus , TX 78934 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome. com.