Lillian Mae Andrews, age 94 of Harrison, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at Hillcrest Home in Harrison. She was born December 24, 1921, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the daughter of Edward Joseph and Catherine (Murphy) Malloy. Her father was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and her mother in Nova Scotia, Canada. She was the youngest of 10 children.
Lillian left Pawtucket to join the Army. Seven of Lillian’s siblings served in World War II at the same time and all returned alive. Lillian was stationed at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and served as the secretary to a General. She met her husband, Norman Andrews, whom she tried to run off every day, who was also stationed at Pine Bluff as a Master Sergeant assigned to a General as his driver and escort. She said she finally had a date with him to try to get rid of him…..that didn't work. She married Norman and they were married 30 years until his death in 1977.
Lillian joined the First Presbyterian Church in Harrison after WWII and settled in to live the remainder of her life in Harrison. She was a member of PEO Chapter AG, a member of Chapter Ki Sigma Sorority, and enjoyed playing bridge. She was volunteered by her children as home room mother about every year in elementary school. She was a member of the PTA and was Den Mother for a Cub Scout troop.
She enjoyed reading, playing golf, traveling, camping and fishing. Whatever activity she was involved with she was always at home when the children left and at home when they got out of school. Norman always told the stories about her fishing until he had the motor running; boat turned around and started to accelerate before mom would wind in her line. They enjoyed their camping friends at Peel where they were surrounded by people who wanted to relax, play cards and fish all night. Lillian and Norman sold their camper and bought a small cabin in Diamond City above Coffman Cove around 1975 so they wouldn't have all the problems with hooking up and hauling the camper. They enjoyed their hours on the deck looking at the lake.
Lillian was the vice president of Andrews Funeral Home Company and Christeson Funeral Home until it sold in 2009. She enjoyed the role she played in helping to travel and design the first funeral home built in Northern Arkansas.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and all her siblings. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Kay Andrews of Harrison and Pat and Debbie Andrews of Harrison; three grandchildren, Brandon Andrews and wife Janet of Springdale, Amber Curtis of Harrison, and Kasey Andrews Morgan and husband Tommy of Harrison; five great-grandchildren, Drew Curtis, Claire Curtis, Abigail Andrews, Anna Andrews and Lincoln Sims; a host of nephews and nieces; and many dear friends.
Visitation was at 1:00 pm, Monday, December 26, 2016, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home with funeral service following at 2:00 PM, at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home, with Leonard Mast officiating.
Interment is in Maplewood Cemetery.